The joy of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to welcome some supposed defectors from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government at Busah in the Upper West Region was cut short as the so-called defectors failed to show up at a mini-rally organised by the NDC.
The NDC in the Wa Central Constituency had earlier indicated that over 100 disgruntled members of the NPP at Busah had switched camp, and were waiting to be officially sworn in as members of the NDC.
It was all joy when the news got to the members of the party in the constituency including bigwigs as they thronged the community to witness the occasion.
The Wa central constituency executives of the NDC, led by their Chairman, Mohammed Sule, according to our sources, were at Busah in anticipation of initiating the new converts into their fold.
However, Today gathered that things did not go as expected as the NDC leadership waited for hours at the main venue without the defectors turning up to be initiated.
The chairman and his team then went to the Busah market where the rally was rescheduled.
After more than an hour, a group of minors, our sources said, showed up for the swearing in.
Some were as young as eleven years while the oldest was about seventeen.
Interestingly, our investigations showed that, none of the minors had NPP membership card or any proof of membership.
One of the underage when urged to speak to the media said, “I was told that they were bringing us food and other freebies. That is why I joined the group.”
The Wa Central Constituency Chairman of the NDC, Mohammed Sule, who was visibly disappointed at the turn of events, charged members of the NDC in the area to work hard to widen the frontiers of the party.
He said “unlike the NPP, we are for everybody. You can join us today and be a leader tomorrow. So let this go down to the electorate”.
The chairman told the youngsters that “in the next NDC regime, we will open up galamsey for everybody to do. You can see how the NPP is putting pressure on people who engage in galamsey.”
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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