Today can report that, the seeming feud between the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Builsa South in the Upper East Region, Daniel Gariba and some aggrieved members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government in the constituency has no end in sight as pressures continue to mount on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to relieve him (Daniel Gariba) from his post.
This follows a publication by this paper last week where it reported that same angry members of the NPP in the Builsa South constituency had vowed to resist any attempt by the DCE to go unopposed when nominations are opened for the party’s parliamentary primaries in the constituency.
In the said publication, the angry NPP members expressed their unhappiness at the outcome of their constituency elections where they alleged that, the DCE induced the electorates with money to vote for his favourites.
And as if that was not enough blow for the embattled DCE, other members who feel same including a leading member of the party from the constituency, Suzy Amwami ,popularly known as “Maame Soldier” have added their voices to the numerous calls on President Akufo-Addo to, as a matter of urgency call Mr Gariba to order before “he destroys our party in the constituency for us”.
Fuming with anger, the outspoken NPP woman who claimed she is one of the financiers of the party in the constituency in her recent interview with Today charged: “Who is Gariba that we (Builsa South NPP) should allow to use the party for his selfish gains”.
Mincing no words, the woman who said, she contested for the position of women’s organizer of the party in the constituency but lost the election, described the DCE as “incompetent and hypocrite”.
She consequently called on NPP members in the constituency not to make a mistake in future to elect Mr Gariba as the party’s parliamentary candidate in the event that he offers himself for the position.
According to her, “he has outlived his usefulness in the NPP”, and has nothing again to offer the party, let alone the constituency.
The vociferous NPP woman was also not happy that the DCE had surrounded himself with people who did not contribute to the NPP’s victory in the last polls.
She could further not fathom why the DEC despite of his alleged involvement in all kinds of shady deals including illegal rosewood business was still at post, a situation she said ,was not good for the party.
“I don’t understand my party people at all. This Gariba man is gradually taking the party back to the opposition. How can we win the Builsa South seat if we have such a character as our source of inspiration”, she quizzed?
Also registering his resentment about the attitude of Mr Gariba, Thomas Adama a member of the party in the constituency told Today in an interview via telephone that, the DCE was the worst thing that had happened to the NPP in the constituency.
“The concerns of party members don’t bother him , and all he does is using his position to enrich himself, and his cronies”, he said.
He warned that, members of the party may be compelled to vote “skirt and blouse” in the 2020 elections if he is forced on the them as their party’s parliamentary candidate for the Builsa South constituency.
Another member of the party in the constituency, Mark Akanguta also in a separate interview with Today did not spare the DCE as he took him to the cleaners.
He blamed him for the party’s inability to attract new members despite the fact that president Akufo-Addo “is doing well”.
He was also not happy that DCE was not using his postionto unify the party in the constituency.
It would be recalled that this paper barely two months ago reported that an orphanage home in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region called Mama Lardis Home was chasing the DCE for monies the Home deposited with his microfinance company,Com Aid having deceived the management of the Home with a mouth-watering interest rate promise.
Apart from the orphanage home which still has over GHC21,000 locked up with his company, Today can authoritatively report that deposits of other individuals in excesses of GHC700, 000 are also locked up with his savings and loans company.
However, Today can also confirm that Mr Gariba has been making payments to some of the depositors , leaving many people in the constituency wondering where he gets his other source of income from apart from his salary.
Meanwhile our sources at the Jubilee House have confirmed having received, two separate petitions against the DCE.
The first petition, the source said, was from the management of Mama Lardis orphanage home, which pleaded with the President to impress upon Mr Gariba to pay their monies.
The other one, the source continued came from some aggrieved members of the NPP who “are demanding the removal of the DCE over his alleged fraudulent deals and escapades”
Meanwhile, all attempts by this reporter to get Mr Gariba to confirm or otherwise deny the allegations failed as calls and text messages placed on his Vodafone number went unanswered.