Bugri Naabu, Otiko summoned to Flagstaff House
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has summoned two of his party stalwarts to the Flagstaff House, the seat of government, to come and explain themselves over their conduct on Friday, May 5, 2017, which has subjected the governing party to public ridicule.
Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu, and the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, who also doubles as the National Women’s Organiser of the NPP, according to sources at the seat of government, were called personally by the President, yesterday after receiving briefings over their actions when he was out of jurisdiction touring some neighbouring West African states.
The outspoken northern regional chairman of the NPP on Friday lost his cool and disrupted a meeting that was underway and led by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba.
The controversial chairman in the company of some unruly women affiliated to the NPP stormed the meeting vandalising properties in protest to what he described as the minister’s disregard for his high office, claiming she did not seek his consent before convening her meeting.
Mr. Naabu, who described the meeting as “illegal,” noted that the minister had no right to come to the region to organise a meeting without first informing the regional executives, saying that even the President would not throw his weight about in such manner.
“I have told the minister point blank what she did was wrong. It is unconstitutional and therefore, her meeting is illegal,” he declared to the admiration of the women accompanying him.
Media reports has it that an angry Mr. Naabu personally participated in the condemnable action throwing water bottles and ordering Ms. Djaba to immediately stop the “illegal meeting,” which he suspected was intended to plot a scheme to undermine President Akufo-Addo’s nominee to head the School Feeding programme in the region.
But Madam Djaba reacting to the action of the regional chairman said she had gone to Tamale to meet the women groups at the instance of the First Lady, Madam Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
Having concluded the First Lady’s assignment, she then decided to meet the women organisers of the NPP “to say a big thank you for working tirelessly to win power for the party.”
“No, it wasn’t about the School Feeding Programme at all. I had come to Tamale to honour the First Lady’s assignment and after that I decided to greet the women,” she posited.
Djaba however, admitted that some of their discussions were centered on the School Feeding Programme but noted that “I told the women that nobody has been contracted to execute the School Feeding Programme.
I also told them that we are waiting for President Akufo-Addo’s DCE appointees to be confirmed before we will give the green light for people to apply.”
Commenting further, Madam Otiko Djaba advised Bugri Naabu to stop his usual antics of dramatising to get recognition and join hands with her to promote the vision and aspirations of President Akufo-Addo.
According to her, it was only when they join forces together that they can work very hard to address the numerous challenges confronting Ghanaians.
Needless fight, she noted, will disintegrate their front and provoke the anger of Ghanaians to kick them out of power in 2020.