The Northern NDC Supporters Forum in Ashanti Region, a group comprising of natives of the three northern regions resident in the Ashanti region, is calling on the president, John Evans Atta Mills to consider appointing a northerner as one of his key appointees within the region in his next batch of reshuffles.
At a press conference organized by the group in Kumasi on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the group, Raymond Po-eriba stated that there are many northerners within the region who are competent, hardworking, and committed to the course of the National Democratic Congress, even to the point of sacrificing their lives for the party.
“…it is an open secret that when it comes to organization of NDC activities in the region, we the northerners have stood tall among all other tribes”, he said while citing that northerners in the region have been especially involved in difficult political work such as being polling agents, monitoring elections and voter registration exercises among others.
Raymond Po-eriba stated in his press statement read on the group’s behalf that northerners formed approximately ninety (90) percent of the NDC support base in the region, hinting of potential voter apathy in 2012 among the northerners if they continue to be sidelined.
“We feel cheated and neglected after being the main targets of various brutalities and intimidation by the opposition NPP during the 2008 general elections”, he reiterated in the release.
When asked whether the northerners were not demanding too much of the government considering that northerners were occupying key national positions in government, he emphasized that the call was being made with the Ashanti region in mind, adding that the northerners who work so hard for the party should see their efforts recognized in the region, citing Hon. Baba Jamal as an example of one who is recognized in the eastern region though he is not an easterner.
The group extended their appreciation to the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for “giving them a place to stay without difficulties” and recognizing them as residents in the region.