A key figure in the campaign team of Alan Kyerematen’s 2024 NPP Flagbearer bid, Hopeson Adorye has launched scathing ridicule of Northerners in the governing NPP.
Addressing a crowd which participated in a walk christened “walk for Alan” in Kumasi on Sunday, Hopeson Adorye stunned his audience when he claimed that Northerners, who represent the Dombo tradition of the NPP, are always fit to be running mates of the party.
In a denigrating manner, Hopeson, who has been seen in recent times moving quite closely with Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen, said the NPP has three traditions: Danquah, Busia and Dombo, adding that the leadership of the party has always been between the Danquah and Busia tradition, with the Dombos, from the North playing second fiddle as running mates, and called for that tradition to remain unchanged for the 2024 elections.
“There is one thing I am going to say. The NPP has a tradition. Our tradition is Busia, Danquah and Dombo. Danquah represents Eastern Region and the bottom (south), Busia represents Ashanti Region and the Bono areas, while Dombo represents Northern Region,” said Hopeson Adorye.
“Whenever a Danquah leads the party, the Busia side steps aside but there is a Dombo (for a running mate), and whenever a Busia lead, the Danquah side steps aside but there is a Dombo (for a running mate). As for the Dombos, they are always there (for a running mate).”
“In 1992, Albert Adu Boahen, who represented Danquah contested with a Dombo. In 1996, we had the Great Alliance bit in 2000, it came to Kufuor, who is a Busia, and he ran with a Dombo (as his running mate). Then after Kufuor, it moved back to Danquah, with President Akufo-Addo. He also contested the election with another Dombo (as his running mate), who is Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.
“If it went to Danquah, came to Busia, went back to Danquah, where should it go now, is it not Busia?” Hopeson Adorye asked.