By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Some members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Keta Constituency of the Volta Region have taken to the streets of Keta in a demonstration against President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominee for Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Keta, Godwin Edudzi Effah.
The group made up of card bearing polling station executives, elders and the grassroot members of the NPP within the Keta Constituency is questioning the eligibility of Mr. Effah who they say is an indigene of Anlo Constituency believed to be the Anlo Constituency Financial Secretary of the party until the last Annual Delegates’ Conference in February, 2018.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 13, nominated Mr. Effah, an accountant with the Ghana Education Service (GES) as the new MCE for the Keta Municipal Assembly.
His nomination was occasioned by the transfer of the current MCE for Keta and indigene of Anlo Constituency, Seth Yormewu to the newly inaugurated Anloga District Assembly (which was carved out of Keta Municipality after several requests) as its first DCE.
The demonstration saw the protestors clad in red attire and armbands, marching briskly with placards which conspicuously conveyed their message to the President to withdraw the nomination of Mr. Effah.
Friday’s demonstration followed an earlier petition to the President on Monday through the Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa and copied to the Minister of Local Government and NPP National, Regional and Keta Constituency chairmen, which lauded the creation of Anloga District but expressed reservation on Mr. Effah’s nomination.
“Unfortunately, and as usual, those same unseen forces from the Anloga side, some of whom owe allegiance to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and who were at the helm of affairs in the last assembly, have once again managed to influence the nomination of Mr. Godwin Edudzi Effah to help them satisfy their parochial interests and to strengthen their own market powers over we the people of the Keta constituency.”
The group therefore demanded the replacement of Mr. Effah with a grassroot member from the constituency or risk stiffer resistance from members.
“We wish to state that if his nomination is not reversed, and immediately too, we the grassroots of the party in the Keta constituency will resort to anomic forms of redress to ensure Mr. Godwin Edudzi Effah never occupies the office of the MCE in the Keta Municipality.”
The group concluded on the caution that “we will no longer tolerate the ‘monkey dey work, baboon dey chop’ situation in our constituency.”