The 2016 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has moved to reconcile constituency and regional executives, as well as several youth groups, sympathetic to the party, after seeming divisions emerged in the wake of the tragic death of the late Alhaji Adams Mahama, former Chairman in the Upper East Region.
It will be recalled that the murder of the late NPP Chairman triggered, in its wake, an avalanche of events which resulted, amongst others, in some regional executives of the party being classified as ?persona non-grata? by some members belonging to NPP youth groups, who believed that these executives were against Adams Mahama.
However, after the Adua held for Adams Mahama at the Jubilee Park in Bolgatanga, on Sunday, June 7, 2015, Nana Akufo-Addo held discussions with NPP executives and the four major ?youth bases? in Bolgatanga, a move described by party faithful as leading to the restoration of peace and brotherliness to the NPP in the Upper East Region.
Together with members of his team, the NPP leader, first, met all 15 constituency chairpersons. He listened to their grievances and assured them of his continued support for the region in these difficult times. The chairpersons, in turn, pledged to continue with the plans laid down by the late Adams Mahama, which included annexing at least 8 out of 15 seats in Parliament from the region, and also ensuring that Nana Akufo-Addo?s share of votes in the 2016 presidential election increases significantly in the region.
At the same venue, and after meeting the constituency chairpersons, Nana Akufo-Addo met with 13 out of the 15 regional executives, including those who had gone into hiding after the death of Adams Mahama, after being accused by some irate party youth of working against the late Chairman.
In the meeting, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that his main priority was the guaranteeing of the security of all the regional executives, as well as ensuring togetherness amongst the executives prevailed. This, according to him, is the only way the Party can prosecute a successful campaign in memory of the late Chairman.
After his meeting with regional executives, Nana Akufo-Addo visited all the four pavilions of the main youth groups in Bolgatanga, namely, Holland Base, Atlantic Base, Zongo Youth Association and Dazoota Youth, with the same peace and reconciliation message.
By unanimous acclaim, in the four separate meetings held by Nana Akufo-Addo with the youth groups, they all agreed to work with the regional executives and help them prosecute a successful campaign in honour of their hero, Chairman Adams.
All in all it was a wonderful act of leadership by Akufo-Addo in reconciling a very pained and angered region.
The party in the region was most grateful to its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, and pledged to deepen the process of peace and reconciliation to continue with the work of winning 2016.