Akufo-Addo Pushes Tough NPP Campaign To Bawumia

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..Madina Imams, Mallams & Muslims Angry At His Disrespect

With more than 20 months to the next general elections, the vice presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has already hit the road moving from “house-to-house”, “door-to-door”, soliciting for votes for the largest opposition group.

Ironically, his 71-year old boss; Nana Akufo-Addo, whose face will be on the ballot paper, is nowhere to be found; a sharp contrast to the “I Care For You” door-to-door campaign embarked upon by the late John Evans Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), ahead of the 2008 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Shockingly, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia‘s tour, which was supposed to attract electorate to the NPP, has rather angered Imams and Muslims in the Madina Zongo, who felt snubbed by him last Tuesday, afternoon.

The former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, who is presently unemployed, last Monday, started campaigning in the Greater Accra Region, which has over the years, proven to be the decider of every general election.

He was seen in and around Madina, Adenta, East Legon, Adjiriganor and their environs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, shaking hands with the drivers, passengers, auto mechanics, fuel station attendants, seamstresses, drinking spot operators, coconut seller, among others.

Some of the meetings and handshakes, looked prearranged hence did not look spontaneous. Plastic chairs were put at various locations and most of the attendees well-dressed in NPP colours, while others carried party paraphernalia.

Yesterday, Nana Addo’s thrice nominated running mate was captured by The Herald’s lenses in and around Pig Farm in the Ayawaso Central Constituency of the Greater Accra Region. Strangely, no party national executive was with him on the campaign. It is unclear whether they heard it, but decided not to follow him or as normally the case, they were not informed.

Opare Hammond, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Adenta, who was sacked from his position as Director of Finance, was the only notable face with him, together with the former Water Resources Works and Housing Minister, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, when he went to Madina, to solicit for votes for the NPP.

Opare Hammond and Boniface Abubakar Saddique, are said to be eyeing a return to Parliament on the ticket of the Adenta and Madina Constituencies, respectively.

Boniface Abubakar Saddique, who was a former MP for Salaga in the Northern Region, is lacing his boots to chase Alhaji Amandu Sorogho of the NDC, hoping to dislodge him.

This paper’s source within the vicinity, narrates that a week to Dr. Bawumia’s visit, an announcement was made in preparation towards it, and on the day of his arrival, many people, who were keen on meeting and hearing his message, were utterly disappointed.

According to eyewitnesses, though the presence of Dr. Bawumia was felt in the community after they saw him and his entourage paid a visit to the Madina Chief, Baba Sariki Seidu and the Kotokoli Chief, Wuro Salifu, not much was heard from him consequently.

They told The Herald that after the courtesy call on the two leaders, the anxious gathering, who waited for the economist turned politician at the Mosque, were taken aback when a message was delivered to them that they had to wait a while longer as Dr. Bawumia was heading to a different place in the community to meet NPP faithful before he returns.

Though the distance from Chief Salifu’s house was just a stone throw to the Mosque, the imams, mallams and their followers, were left waiting for additional hours to enable Dr. Bawumia and his entourage, go to where they had planned to go.

Dr. Bawumia, is said to have gone to the Zongo Chief, but met his absence, and later visited the Chief Imam for Madina, Sheikh Yunus.

The patient gathering some of whom were Mallams and lecturers, had left their students back in class to honour Dr. Bawumia’s invitation. But to their amazement, after hours of waiting and hungry, a second message was relayed to them that, Dr. Bawumia, had somewhere urgent to go and so could not come back to Madina Zongo, to meet them as promised.

Meanwhile, reports has it that contrary to claims that he had somewhere going, he was spotted inside the community, a situation the Muslims deem disrespectful and regrettable.

The snub is said to have hurt them and they have vowed never to waste their productive time on Dr. Bawumia or Nana Addo, anytime they hear he is paying them a campaign visit.

On Wednesday, he moved to the Adentan community also in Accra, playing draft; a local game.

Yesterday, The Herald spotted the entourage including the national Women Organizer of the NPP Otiko Afisa Dzaba, MP for Ayawaso Central, Henry Quartey at Pig Farm Lorry Station.

They had stopped and parked their vehicles in front of the former Ghanaian football star Abedi Pele’s storey building at Pig Farm, gearing up for the day’s house-to-house”, “door-to-door” activities.

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