The rank and file of the New Patriotic Party in the Volta Region are divided on President Akufo-Addo’s renomination of Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa as Volta Regional Minister-designate.
While some has lauded the renomination of Dr. Letsa to serve another term, others feel he could not perform up to expectations and neglected the party hence does not merit to occupy such position.
The Concerned NPP Grassroots in the Volta Region lauded Dr. Letsa’s renomination to serve a second term as the Regional Minister.
The Convener of the group, Foster Kofi Badzana, lauded President Akufo-Addo for settling on Dr. Letsa indicating he has exhibited capabilities in putting the interests of the NPP and performed exceedingly well in administering over the region.
They, therefore, believe he is the appropriate individual to steer affairs of the Volta Region considering his work delivery.
However, the Volta NPP Grassroots for Justice organised a massive demonstration dubbed “Enough is enough” to register their displeasure on the renomination of the former minister.
The demonstration which processed through the principal streets of the regional capital, Ho saw participation from a number of Constituency executives and hundreds of members of the governing party, who share the same concerns with the group.
The group argued that the party had retrogressed during the first administration of Dr. Letsa as a Regional Minister adding he also kept in his possession campaign logistics intended to be distributed to electorates in the 2020 electioneering.
Meanwhile the 18 Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Volta who served in the first tenure of the Akufo-Addo-led-government issued a press statement indicating their support for the renomination of Dr. Letsa.
They asserted that the region witnessed “massive development” between 2017 to 2020 under the leadership of Dr. Letsa and lauded his charisma and attitude towards work, his subordinates and general populace.
Acknowledging the grievances of some factions of the party, they opined that a “dialogue will be the best option” instead of trooping to the streets to protest in disagreement of the President’s decision.
In a related development, the Volta Region Resource Group disassociated itself from the demonstration describing it as an act of “blatant disregard of the grievance procedure of the party.”
They accused the Volta Regional NPP Chairman, Makafui Woanya, and other Regional Executives of masterminding the demonstration which they said was “in direct disrespect” to President Akufo-Addo, due to his decision to maintain Dr. Letsa as the Volta Regional Minister.
The press release cosigned by the Group Secretary, King David Akpabli and Chairperson, Agnes Okudzeto called on the agitating fanfactions of the party to follow the appropriate procedures prescribed in the governing party’s constitution to get their concerns addressed.
The group, however, emphasized its unflinching support to President Akufo-Addo’s renomination of Dr. Letsa and congratulated the latter on his nomination.
“So let it be known that it is not the whole of Volta that has rejected the President’s nominee for the region as some press houses have reported”, the press release stated.