National Youth Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye has indicated that Joseph Yammin lost the Regional Chairmanship election because he was labelled a Fulani by his fellow contenders.
According to him, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) vilified and called Mr Yammin names in the lead up to the NDC regional executive elections.
“The number One message against Mr. Yammin was that he is a foreigner. They said for the Chairmanship of the party, we cannot give it to a stranger and so they voted against him. When it comes to pedigree and experience, can Nana Kwasi compare himself to Yammin? That is the NDC for you”, he said.
Nana B was reacting to comments made by aspiring national communications officer of the NDC Sammy Gyamfi that the NPP is a violent party and that the NDC is far democratic and peaceful than the NPP.
According to Nana B, the acrimony that characterized the Ashanti Regional elections of the NDC, particularly the Chairmanship slot is an indication of the violent nature of the NDC.
“They told Yammin that chiefs and traditional leaders in the region could not meet him because he is a foreigner. That was what they did to a man who was once the NDC regional secretary” he added.
Yammin, a former Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC last Saturday stormed the election grounds with ‘macho men’ of the recently out-doored NDC vigilante group, the Hawks.
At the end of the elections, Mr Yammin lost to Andrew Nana Kwasi by 67 votes.
Andrew Nana Kwasi is a former Ashanti Regional vice chairman of the NDC and a businessman beat him with 668 votes as against his 611 votes on Saturday at the Twebeboah Kodua Senior High School in Kumawu, where the Ashanti Regional NDC delegates held their conference.