The Northern Regional treasurer for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yussif Toyibu, widely known as Agenda has disclosed that the party’s Regional Chairman, Mohammed Bantima Samba’s maternal home is Bagurigu, a community in Dagbang, and by extension is a Dagomba man, that qualifies him to constest elections in the northern region.
He made this revelations when he was speaking on Radio Tamale’s evening political talkshow, Yel Vuhi Dundongni yesterday Thursday, June17, 2021, monitored by ghdominancenews.com.
“Chairman Samba is half-Dagomba, half-Manpuriga. Bagurigu is his maternal home. His mother is a real Dagomba woman. The current chief of Bagurigu is chairman Samba’s maternal uncle. The chief is a younger brother to chairman Samba’s mother”, the NPP’s regional treasurer said.
“Those who say if you are a Manpuriga you should not contest elections in Northern Region have no case. That is the limit of their thinking. Those who are interested in the position should be telling the people what they come do, if elected. Nobody can handle the region the way he is doing. I don’t see the difference between Manpurili and Dagbani. Are we not descendants of Naa-Gbewa?”, he asked.
There have been calls from a section of the NPP supportbase in the region on the regional chairman to move to Manpurigu-dominated Region, Northeast since the creation of the new regions in December 2018.
The referendum led to the split of northern region into three (3) regions, Northern, Northeast and Savannah regions.
The then Northern Regional executives of the two (2) major political parties, NPP and NDC whose tribes fell in either Northeast or Savannah Region moved therein to continue in same position he was occupying.
The current Northeast Regional secretary for the NPP, lawyer Sule Sambian and Communications Director for Savannah Region, Mohammed Issah were some executives who voluntrilly relocated to the new regions.
In the case of Chairman Samba, those who believe he has no business in the northern are citing example of him voting in the referendum at the AL-SALIA PRIMARY, A Polling Station in Gambaga constituency to create the Northeast Region.