Otiko-Bugri Brouhaha: The council came to the conclusion that combining party work and government work is not the best…
Following the war of words between New Patriotic Party (NPP) officials; Otiko Djaba and Daniel Bugri Naabu, the ruling government has asked the two party officials to resign from their positions at the council.
It has been an episode of insults at the National Council of the NPP. A seemingly unending verbal combat between Gender Minister Otiko Djaba and Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Daniel Bugri Naabu, has turned the attention of the general public to the ruling party. The two leading members of the NPP are at each other’s throat accusing each other of disrespect.
It all started after Madam Otiko alleged that Bugri Naabu was receiving gifts from persons with the promise of securing appointments in public office for them. The Gender Minister had gone further to say that, Bugri Naabu influenced the selection of the Council of State representative from the Northern Region.
Otiko’s tantrums followed the first intra-party clash at the Modern City hotel in Tamale, Northern Region on Friday, May 5, 2017. This was the day when Bugri Naabu stormed and disrupted a meeting organised by Madam Otiko for some women.
The chairman accompanied by a group of women affiliated to the NPP stormed the meeting vandalizing properties in protest to what he described as Otiko’s disrespect to his authority. The disrespect being that the Gender Minister did not inform him of her presence in the region, as well as seek his consent before holding the meeting.
Bugri Naabu had also accused her of holding the meeting for the purpose of appointing regional Coordinator slot for the School Feeding Programme behind his back.
Bugri Naabu’s Accusation
Following Otiko Djaba’s allegations, the NPP Norther Regional Chairman decided that a ‘tit for tat’ was the way forward. Bugri Naabu alleged that Madam Otiko and Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari were “deeply involved” in the murder of the former NPP Upper East Regional Chairman, Adams Mahama.
Adams Mahama was attacked with acid on May 20, 2015, and subsequently died after sustaining extensive acid burns and acute respiratory distress syndrome, according to the autopsy report.
Naabu’s accusation which he made during a media interview led to an uproar, having drawn the attention of the general public.
The Otiko-Bugri Brouhaha which had gotten to the hearing of the National Council of the NPP, caused the party to hold a meeting to settle the escalating feud. The meeting held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, saw a dialogue between party members and the officials, regarding the Otiko-Bugri Brouhaha which has garnered so much attention.
At the meeting, both parties apologized to the NPP as well as President Nana Akufo-Addo who was also present. Otiko Djaba apologized to Bugri Naabu whom she had accused of receiving cows and goats from people with the promise of securing government appointment for them.
The NPP Norther Regional Chairman also apologized to the leadership of the party for igniting the fight. he also promised to seize public commentary on the matter. He also craved the indulgence of the Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, for suggesting he had a hand in the death of the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the party.
Otiko, others to resign from Party Positions
After much deliberations, the National Council of the NPP directed all party officials serving in government to resign from their positions at the council. This was after the council concluded that combining party work and government work is not the best. The resignation of these government officials from party positions will allow them to focus on their responsibilities at the national level, rather than be distracted by party politics.
The resignation of these government officials from party positions will allow them to focus on their responsibilities at the national level, rather than be distracted by party politics.
This new directive will see to the resignation of Madam Otiko Djaba who is the National Women’s organizer of the NPP.
Here’s a list of officials expected to resign from NPP’s NEC
- Lands and National Resources Minister John Peter Amewu, to resign as Volta Regional Chairman of the NPP
- Volta Regional Minister Archibald Letsa, to resign as First Vice Chairman of the NPP in Volta region
- Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kyeremeh Ameyaw, to resign as NPP Regional Chairman
- Central Regional Minister Kwamena Duncan, to resign as NPP Regional Secretary
- Greater Accra Regional Minister Mr. Ishmael Ashietey
- Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra Adjei-Sowah