VOLTA NDC SPLIT OVER DZIFA ATTIVOR’S TRIBAL COMMENTS

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The National Democratic Congress in the Volta
Region appears to be divided over the
distasteful and ethnocentric comments made
by the former Transport Minister, Dzifa Aku
Attivor.
While the Regional Chairman has condemned
the comments, the Deputy Communications
Director and another group claiming to be the
Communication Team for the party in the
region have endorsed the comments and have
called on the media to disregard the claims of
the Chairman.
The Volta Regional Chairman, John Kwadwo
Gyapong, on Wednesday morning joined
former President Jerry John Rawlings to
condemn the comments made by the former
Transport Minister.
According to him, the unsavoury comments
made by Dzifa Attivor did not represent the
views of the party in the region and hence
distanced the party in the region from the
comments. He observed that the party did not
support tribal sentiments and would not want
to go into the 2016 elections with such
campaign.
Speaking to an Accra-based radio station, Mr
Gyapong is reported to have said: “…I was at
the event but at that time I was not listening
attentively to what she was saying. But having
played back the tape on what she said, I think
that we as a region are saying that it is
unfortunate.”
However, hours after this statement, the
Deputy Communications Director of the NDC in
the region, Chester Ben Ati, released a
statement via social media to oppose the
position of his boss and for that matter the
party in the region.
He said the comments of the chairman were
misunderstood and hence should be
disregarded by all.
He stressed that “There is a story making
rounds that Mr Gyapong Kudzo, the Regional
Chairman of NDC Volta, has condemned
Madam Dzifa Attivor. Kindly disregard that
publication because he has not said so on any
platform.”
The statement further made many
unsubstantiated and unprintable allegations
against the opposition New Patriotic Party to
support the ethnocentric comments made by
Dzifa Attivor.
He said the comment made by the former
minister was in good taste and for that matter
represented the position of the party and the
people of the region.

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“Must we wait for them to proceed with the
agenda to cripple the base (Ewes) of NDC? ‘No’
is the answer. …Hon Dzifa Attivor spoke our
mind,” he said.
Contradiction
When contacted, Chester confirmed that “I
issued the statement. It was supervised and
sanctioned by the Regional Chairman.”
These claims by Chester have made many
wonder if the Regional Chairman was being
dishonest and taking the people of Ghana,
especially party sympathisers, for a ride.
Several calls placed to the phone of the
Regional Chairman to verify the statement
issued by Chester were neither answered nor
returned.
Another group calling itself Volta
Communication Team of NDC also supported
this justification and described the news
reports on Dzifa Attivor’s comments, especially
those made on Multi Media platforms, to be
misrepresentations.
Interestingly, the Volta Regional
Communications Director, Kafui Agbleze, who
is the boss of Chester, denied the statements
saying, “I as the head of communications I’m
not aware of the statement(s). Chester reports
to me and for that matter any statement issued
must be referred to me.”
He expressed doubt that Chester’s position was
that of the party’s. That notwithstanding, he
said he was yet to confirm with the Regional
Chairman to ascertain the veracity of the
statement.
Sources close to the party confided in DAILY
GUIDE that Chester was a close ally of Fifi
Kwetey, the current Transport Minister, and
hence was using his position as the Deputy
Communications Director to undermine his
boss, the Communications Director, Kafui
Agbleze, and the Regional Chairman, Kwadwo
Gyapong.

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