A GROUP of NDC supporters going by the name NDC Supporters Forum in the Ashanti Region have appealed to President Mills to consider appointing a northerner to “one of the key positions in the region.”
It said although northerners constituted about 90 percent of the NDC support base in the region and in addition have lot of competent and committed persons who qualify for key appointments in the region, they had been relegated to the background.
“We feel cheated and neglected after being the main targets of various brutalities and intimidation by the NPP during the 2008 general elections,” spokesperson of the group, Mr Raymond B. Po-eriba, said.
At a news conference in Kumasi, Mr Po-eriba said: “Statistics available to us give the indication that majority of votes marshalled by the NDC in the Ashanti Region are settlers comprising mainly of people from the three northern regions.”
However, he said, they had not received their fair share of appointments within the region since the NDC took over the administration from the NPP.
Mr Po-eriba said the northerners in the region were very disciplined and hardworking, adding that the Asantehene continued to invite their leaders to sit in state with him at public functions.
He stated that northerners in the region had been involved in “difficult works in politics but they are always relegated to the background when it comes to appointments to key positions.
“A clear example of the difficult works was in the previous voter registration exercise when the NPP then in government made several attempts to prevent northerners whom they considered non-Ghanaians from taking part because they saw us as sympathetic to the NDC.
“Their attempts were resisted by opinion leaders of northerners based in the region,” Mr Po-eriba pointed out.
He cautioned that potential voter apathy among northern NDC supporters was imminent in the region in 2012 if the right thing was not done.