By Gifty Arthur
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako ,is not the least excited about the decision by the Chief of Staff, to hit the road to campaign for the president, John Dramani Mahama.
Mr. Antwi Boasaiko, is questioning why Mr. Julius Debrah, will be on the campaign trail, when he is supposed to be at the seat of government receiving visitors on behalf of the president.
The regional chair affectionately called, Chairman Wontumi, who sounded worried said, the only motivation for Mr. Debrah, was because the NDC, was desperate to hang on to power.
He said, this when he spoke to Accra-based Neat FM on Friday on reports that Mr. Debrah, is causing a stir in the Ashanti Region, the stronghold of the opposition party.
According to him, Mr. Debrah, leaving the Flagstaff House and storming the Ashanti Region, is inappropriate.
He said, the seat of government is empty and anybody who would be wishing to visit the president or any other person in government, would be disappointed, because there is no one to attend to such a visitor.
The president is in the Upper West Region after commissioning and inaugurating a number of projects in the Greater Accra Region. The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah Arthur, is in the Brong Ahafo Region, also campaigning.
Mixing the Ashanti dialect with his faulty English, Chairman Wontumi said “The absence of the Chief of Staff from the Flagstaff House, means the country is empty. If someone is coming to the country, who is there to receive that person? Who is there to take care of the affairs of the country now? Nobody! , he charged.
He went on “it tells you how desperate they are but I can assure that they just delayed us in 2012 but they cannot stop us from winning the 2016 elections no matter what they do”.
He claimed, he had been silent, because of the death of the mother of the Asantehene, Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
Chairman Wontumi, who has declared himself as the governor of the Ashanti Region said, the decision by the Chief of Staff to storm the region to canvass for votes, will not stop him from holding on to that position as he is on course to deliver the Ashanti Region for Nana Akufo-Addo.
“This place is mine, no one can take it from me. I am the governor and it won’t change”, he emphasized.
Mr. Debrah was in that region on a 5-day campaign tour last week after a successful campaign in the Eastern Region, his home region and the Volta Region.
The response to his campaign was described largely as successful, according to reports.
His message of continuity (toaso) for the president and the NDC, according to The Herald’s information, went down well with the people, who expressed appreciation to the president for the numerous projects embarked upon in the region.
The team of the Chief of Staff, had questioned why they could not find Mr. Antwi Boasiako, since they arrived in the region.
The decried the dead silence of the NPP, especially the regional chairman and concluded that he had gone into hiding.