Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama was nearly chased out of Dagbri-boari in the East Mamprusi municipality of the North East region, after she visited to campaign and present coronavirus relief items.
Residents of the village were said to be angry over lack of development and the failure of their Member of Parliament, Ms Mahama to honour some promises made to them in the lead up to the 2016 elections.
The irate youth reportedly rejected the COVID-19 relief items and hooted at the Minister who had visited the community with a high powered delegation including the Deputy North East Regional Minister, the Municipal Chief Executive, Baba Danladi, and some regional executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Ms Mahama and her entourage were also denied access to the delegates she had gone to meet ahead of her party’s parliamentary primaries.
A youth leader, Abubakari Washiu, who confirmed the incident said the community has resolved never to vote for the MP unless something is done to redeem the unfulfilled promises.
“Honestly, during the last elections when our MP came here, she made a lot of promises. So those promises, we were expecting that, at least if none at, at least, one or two would have been done.
“But up to date, she disappeared and we never heard anything from her again. So when she disappeared after the elections, yesterday was the only day we set our eyes on her. We have realized that she is just there to fill her stomach not to do anything for the community.”
“So we are, therefore, of the view that, if nothing is done, we won’t cast our vote for her and we don’t even want her to come to the area,” he said.
Responding to the story, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the area, Baba Danladi who was part of the delegation denied the claims that the Minister was chased out.
“The Minister wanted to speak to the people about the Coronavirus. She was moving with the Chiefs with some Veronica buckets to some vantage points. She was engaging the opinion leaders to tell the people about the need for them to practice social distancing. So we were doing that. We got to that community and after we engaged the people, a group of angry youth came around asking us if we had seen their roads. And we said yes because people were telling us about their roads. But, nothing of violence did happen, I am saying this based on what I saw there,” Danladi said.