The National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the organisers of Wednesday’s ‘Ya bre” demonstration by Movement for Change (MFC) in Kumasi, have fled from the ethnocentric placards which dominated the political protest.
Sammy Awuku in particular, rained curses on those behind the placards, making the rounds on social media, as well as mainstream media.
Some of the placards, which were held by a number of the demonstrators, had messages that slighted people from the North.
Some of the placards read; “We told you, Northerners are not fit to rule this country,” “How can a Northerner rule this country? Vote Mahama out” and “Mahama, why are you given (sic) the oil money to the Northerners, “For your info; John “M” killed John “M”.
The ethnocentric placards, comes at a time that the ex-Finance Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo’s anti-north, anti-volta, anti-fante and anti-Ga secret tape recording is still making the wave.
The NPP-sponsored Movement for Change (MFC) group, claimed they were demonstrating over harsh economic conditions in the country and the worsening power crisis.
Hours after the demonstration, however, some pictures appeared on facebook and twitter of some placards wielded by three young men that had unsavoury language.
The leadership of the NPP in the Ashanti Region, as well as the leadership of the party, have since roundly condemned what they claimed are photoshopped pictures.
They suspect elements of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), alarmed by the crowd that poured onto the streets of Kumasi, are working round the clock and employing any means necessary to downplay the effect of the demo.
But the pictures seen by The Herald, showed that indeed, the holders of the placards were part of the demonstrators. Indeed, they were seen in the belly of the demonstration gleefully brandishing the placards and singing along with the matchers.
However, speaking on Okay FM’s morning show yesterday, Sammy Awuku, insisted that the protestors did not carry any such placards, especially as the demo was led by Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, NPP Running mate and a Northerner.
“There were no such placards during the demonstration. In fact a lot of people can attest to that. The media was there and so ask yourself, why they couldn’t capture such placards. So where is this coming from? We (NPP) summon those behind the tribal placards to God. They will be dealt with.
“If we indeed did those things, then God should punish us, but if not us, then God should punish that person”, he cried.
He continued that: “The demonstration was indeed a very peaceful demo and I must say that we only went there to vent our anger, because we are suffering.”
Speaking to Citi FM on Wednesday, the Ashanti regional Secretary of the party, Sam Pyne, said the party suspects the NDC infiltrated its ranks with the ethnocentric placards.
“As an organisation, we never printed any such materials to be insinuated to the public.
“I personally never read any ethnocentric comment on the demonstration.
“But when it comes to such matters, we need to look at them very well, especially on the back of what the NDC has done in recent times. They want to divert attention from their failures and disappointing Ghanaians,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Dr Sekou Nkrumah, son of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, has dared the NPP to stage a “big” demonstration in the Volta region – the governing party’s stronghold – to prove that Ghanaians are really tired of the Mahama-led administration.
But Dr. Nkrumah, is not impressed with the demonstrations in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions.
He wrote on his Facebook page after the Kumasi demonstration that: “I want to see a big NPP demo in the Volta region, then I will know the party is working!”.