A group calling itself the Coalition of Youth Groups in the Northern Region has fingered the Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu in a series of attacks on some NDC Northern Regional Executives in 2018.
According to the group which is made up of about 30 NDC youth groups, the Minority Leader used some of its members who have now regretted their actions, to attack the then Northern Regional Secretary of the NDC, Sualisu Bi-Awurebe, First Vice Chairman of the party, Alhaji Rufai Vielim and its Communication Officer, Abdul Mumin Alhassan in November 2018 and most recently on NDC youth group, Aluta Boys.
It will be recalled that in November 2018, a group suspected to be a faction of the party attacked some of their executives in the Northern Regional Capital, Tamale.
The ‘clash’ according to reports, left the Regional NDC Secretary, Sualisu Be-Awuribe and Treasurer, Kassim Bakari, sustaining various injuries.
Addressing a news conference in Tamale on Monday, Secretary of the Coalition, Alhassan Abdul Jalal claimed the attacks were meted on the victims because of their unflinching loyalty to former President John Mahama.
“Again, on the 3rd of November 2018, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu through his assigns contracted some of us to attack and lynch those elected regional executives he felt were ardent supporters of John Mahama and as such were not dancing to his treacherous tune. In a brutal manner, we gullibly attacked the regional secretary (Sualesu Beawurebe), the regional vice chairman (Alhaji Velim), the regional communications officer (General Amin) and others” Mr Abdul Jalal said.
“The latest is what has led to a near standoff in the party in the region. He (Haruna Iddrisu) incited his body guards to attack a popular youth group in Tamale (Aluta boys). Infact but for the intervention of Alhaji Fuzak, it would have been a serious blood bath. Because the Aluta boys group intended to retaliate in equal measure, but Alhaji Fuzak intervened and asked that they should rather report to the police for the law to take it course.” He added.
The Secretary accused the minority leader of instigating physical and verbal attacks on persons who “he feels are militating against his ambition to become the most powerful politician in the north and invariably president of the republic”.
He said after years of being used by the Tamale South legislator against party executives in the region, they as a coalition are fed up.
Also speaking to the media, Abbey Kahar, a member of the Coalition of Youth Groups said they will be petitioning the Chairman of the Council of Elders of the NDC to address the current impasse within the party.
However, Tamale South NDC Communication, Abdul Ganiyu Sandow has dismissed the allegations against the Tamale South MP.
Speaking to justicefmonline.com in a telephone interview, Mr Sandow described the coalition as a group of weed smokers who are being used by some persons in the party to rundown the name of the Tamale South MP.
“Were they able to prove to you that it was Haruna who asked the attackers to carry out the attacks? Did they mention the so called Haruna’s assigns who contacted them to attack people? These are weed smokers, somebody is using them. You’ll see that they couldn’t even read the statement, someone wrote it for them”.
He also dismissed claims that the Minority Leader is working against former President John Mahama.
“I have realised some people want it to look like someone is working against John Mahama, the point must known that even those sponsoring them to make such allegations did not support the party like how Haruna did in the last elections and previous elections “ he noted.
Read full statement below.
PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE DELIVERED BY THE COALITION OF YOUTH GROUPS IN THE NORTHERN REGION ON HOW HARUNA IDDRISU (MINORITY LEADER) HAS ALLOWED HIS PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION TO AFFECT THE FORTUNES OF JOHN MAHAMA IN THE NORHERN REGION AND BEYOND
6th August, 2021 Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen of the press. It is my singular honour to welcome you on behalf of the coalition of youth groups in the northern region to this press conference. We are pleased to have you here to cover our press conference at a rather short notice. Before we proceed to the main issue for which we are gathered here, I will like to take this opportunity to announce that from here, we shall march peacefully to the residence of Nyab Kasuli lana – chairman of the council of elders in the region – to submit a petition to him on the issues we have raised here. Ladies and Gentlemen, our task here this morning is very simple but critical. We have assembled here in the supreme interest of the youth in the Northern region and in the interest of John Mahama, the next flagbearer of the NDC and the next president of the republic of Ghana. In Shaa Allah! All of us gathered here are witnesses to the current tension in the northern region NDC. Both the local and national media have had course to feature the current impasse on their platforms in different forms. This undoubtedly makes the party unpopular in the region and by extension, having the potency to dwindle the fortunes of the next flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama and the NDC as it was the case in previous elections. It is for this reason that we embark on this rescue mission to set the records bluntly, without fear or favor. Ladies and Gentlemen, we will like to state without any iota of hesitation that all these tension and faction allegiance that is growing terribly by the day is because of the clueless ambition of one man; Haruna Iddrisu the minority leader of Ghana’s parliament. Over the period, this gentleman has sought to instigate verbal and physical attacks on people who he feels are militating against his ambition to become the most powerful politician in the north and invariably president of the republic. A single siting like this will not be enough to recount the numerous violence he has sponsored through his assigns in the northern region since John Mahama became president and leader of the ndc. But for the purposes of your appreciation of the issues, we shall highlight a few instances where he sponsored violent attacks against his supposed adversaries. On the 17th January, 2013, some of our members were recruited by him through his assigns to burn everything that has John Mahama on it. Billboards and everything. They explained that John Mahama hates him and for that matter intends to take him out of government. And the only thing that could stop it is to treathen John Mahama through violent riots. Certainly this was orchestrated to put John Mahama in a bad light. Unbeknowning to us about his hatred for John Mahama we executed it as directed. Again, on the 3rd of November 2018, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu through his assigns contracted some of us to attack and lynch those elected regional executives he felt were ardent supporters of John Mahama and as such were not dancing to his treacherous tune. In a brutal manner, we gullibly attacked the regional secretary (Sualesu Beawurebe), the regional vice chairman (Alhaji Velim), the regional communications officer (General Amin) and others. The latest is what has led to a near standoff in the party in the region. He (Haruna Iddrisu) incited his body guards to attack a popular youth group in Tamale (Aluta boys). Infact but for the intervention of Alhaji Fuzak, it would have been a serious blood bath. Because the Aluta boys group intended to retaliate in equal measure, but Alhaji Fuzak intervened and asked that they should rather report to the police for the law to take it course. Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, it is instructive to note that all these violent attacks hon haruna has used us to stage were all in furtherance of of his agenda to create a false impression that he is the most influential politician in that North. So that in the event that John Mahama fails and bows out through his evil machinations, he will appear as the all powerful political figure in the North with the potential of serving as a running mate or flagbearer. It is to this end that we will like to state without any equivocation that Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the minority leader has lost every influence in the North, if he ever has any. Those of us he was using to gullibly attack people have realized that he means no good for John Mahama and the NDC. And so we will never allow him to use any of us in such reckless manner to further is already failed ambition. We are therefore by this press conference calling the minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu to desist from his treacherous ways and learn that he cannot become president by fighting his brothers. He should know that what ever he has sown shall grow in the nature that he sowed it. And that, John Mahama is a tree that God has planted, so his evil machinations cannot uproot that tree. Never! We also call on the party at all levels to look in the face of Hon. Haruna Iddrisu and advise him to stop his wicked agenda against the party and John Mahama. Anything less will incur the wrath of we the youth of the party in the northern region. We are aware of his plans to bus a certain stomach constituency chairmen to petition the national executive committee over what he calls the involvement of Alhaji Fuzak in the party in the northern region. Let it be served that this is another agenda to sabotage the youth in the Northern region. This is because, it is only Alhaji Fuzak who supports the youth of the region without barriers. So any attempt to hold his benevolent hand back is an attempt hold back the fortunes of John Mahama in the region and we shall not accept that. Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, we will like to use this opportunity to commend Alhaji Fuzak for standing up admist the threats and vilifications against all the forces that has the potential of standing in the way of John Mahama’s victory in the next election. We like to encourage him and assure him that the entire youth of the region is solidly behind him and any other person who has the interest of John Mahama and the NDC at heart. We pledge to walk with Alhaji Fuzak in his mission to crush anybody who will stand in the way of John Mahama’s victory. Long Live John Mahama Long Live Alhahi Fuzak Long Live the NDC Thank you once again for coming! Signed. Alhassan Abdul Jalal (Coalition Secretary) 0207843971