Former Transport Minister, Madam Dzifa Attivor has expressed great fears over the fate that may befall her and her NDC colleagues from Ewe if the NPP eventually wins the 2016 presidential elections.
According to Dzifa Attivor, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a tribal party and it is certain that Ewes will be their target for prosecution if they in the November elections.
Making reference to the record of the NPP government between 2001 to 2008, the former Transport Minister argued the NPP targeted only members of her ethnic group for prosecution.
Madam Attivor said this while speaking during a campaign rally and launch of a group called ‘Ketu South For Fifi And Mahama’ at Wodoaba in the Ketu South district of the Volta region.
She recounted that when the NPP assumed power in 2001, most ministers who are Ewes were imprisoned, including Serlomey and Abodakpi and others. Insisting that the NPP’s target is majly the Ewes, Madam Attivor questioned in her native language if ministers from other tribes were all free of blame in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Victor Selormey who was a former Deputy Minister of Finance under the Rawlings regime was jailed in December, 2001. A Fast Track High Court in Accra sentenced him to a total of eight years’ imprisonment after he was convicted of a six-count charge of defrauding by false pretense, conspiracy and causing financial loss to the state. He however, received presidential pardon three years into his prison term but died barely a year after in April 2005.
A former Minister of Trade and Industry Dan Abodakpi was also jailed 10 years in August 2007 by the same court. He was sentenced on three counts of conspiracy, two counts of defrauding and two counts of willfully causing financial loss of $400,000 to the State.
We would recall that Dzifa Attivor resigned from her ministerial post towards the end of last year over the issue of the scandalous bus branding saga. It was believed that her resignation was timely enough to forestall any indictment in the contract.
She reminded the grassroots that the misfortune that befell some NDC big wigs from the regions will certainly befall any Ewe in the current government. According to the former minister, all that stands between her and prison time, is the Volta regional vote.
“I want to remind you that it is your vote that will decide if Fifi Kwetey and I will be prosecuted and put behind bars or not,” she emphasized.
She appealed to the NDC loyalistts to encourage their relatives living in border towns in Togo to come back home and register during the limited registration exercise which begins 28th April 2016.
Speaking further, she expressed comfort and confidence in the fact that the Volta region remains the stronghold of the ruling NDC government, adding that the Volta region will forever remain loyal to the NDC.
Having heard her statements, one may begin to wonder if the former minister has a skeleton in her cupboard because we still believe in the saying that “a clear conscience fears no accusation.”