The lives of supporters of one of the flag-bearer aspirants of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Augustus Goosie Tanoh, are in danger as they are being threatened by some ‘big men’ in the party to stop following Mr Goosie Tanoh, Today can report.
According to the aggrieved supporters, “they have been receiving telephone calls from some top officials of the party, threatening them because they support the candidature of Goosie Tanoh, a founder member of the NDC.”
Some of the affected supporters, particularly constituency executives in the Central Region, who could no longer pretend everything was well with them, accused some national executives of the party of an attempt to make it easier for a particular candidate to win the party’s upcoming presidential primary.
Although they failed to mention who that candidate is, it was obvious in the interview they granted to Today that, the presidential candidate in person is former President John Dramani Mahama.
For instance, a vice chairman of one of the constituencies in the Central Region who spoke on condition of anonymity told Today that he started receiving threats when he declared his support for Mr Goosie Tanoh.
Another supporter of Mr Goosie Tanoh, a constituency Zongo caucus chairman, also said: ” it is unfair for supporters of a particular candidate to issue warnings to others with different choices.”
These concerns were corroborated by some branch executives also in the Central Region as well as Volunteers for Goosie Tanoh who said people call always to threaten and intimidate them, warning them to stop campaigning for Goosie Tanoh.
They, however, vowed to resist any “kangaroo tactics” to impose a candidate on them against their wishes.
They alleged that they have been warned not to campaign for Goosie Tanoh because “Goosie Tanoh betrayed the NDC in 2000” to form his own National Reform Party (NRP).
But they said, “this claim of betrayal is either borne out of a lack of understanding of the NDC founder’s Reform Movement that culminated in the Reform Party, or is a reflection of the fear of these “big men” that Goosie Tanoh’s candidature will derail their plans of holding onto power within the NDC.”
“For the threat, it sometimes comes from the top, thus the region, they will call you and say it is John Mahama that we want to use for this time. I don’t fear because I know the person (Goosie Tanoh) I am working with and I believe that with God everything is possible. Nobody can ever tell me I should not follow Goosie Tanoh. All that they can say is that I should stop talking about him but I will not,” a supporter of Goosie Tanoh spotted sharing flyers at the NDC women and youth elections held at Gomoa Feteh last Saturday told journalists.
Against the backdrop of these intimating tactics, the Goosie supporters appealed to the Council of Elders and National Executives Council (NEC) of the party to intervene.
They maintained that it was unfair for them to be gagged after declaring support for their preferred candidate, arguing that this goes against the tenets of the NDC
Mr Goosie Tanoh is among 12 flag-bearer aspirants of the NDC who are eyeing the topmost position of the party when it holds its presidential primary in December this year.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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Pix: Augustus Goosie Tanoh, flag-bearer aspirant of the NDC
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