Author: Mohammed Abdul

Hon. Selorm Bestie Ativor, the Assemblymember for Anyidzime Zuta  Electoral Area in a one-page petition going viral on the Internet has filed a formal complaint with the officials of the Volta Regional National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the Member of Parliament of Akatsi South, Mr. Bernard Ahiafor for breaching protocol during his visit to the Akatsi Central Zongo on Eid day. 

The visit, which took place within Hon. Ativor’s electoral jurisdiction, was made without his consent or notification, prompting the Assemblymember to seek clarification and express his disappointment and dissatisfaction with the lawmaker’s conduct.

As Deputy Youth Organizer of the Akatsi South NDC, Hon. Ativor has emphasized that the MP’s behavior demonstrates a lack of respect for his office as an Elected Assemblymember of the area and the established protocol.

The petition has sparked debate within the constituency, Assembly Members with many calling for adherence to protocol and others defending the MP’s actions as a gesture of goodwill.

Reports indicate that the NDC leadership in Akatsi South has pledged to investigate the matter, while Hon. Ativor’s petition has highlighted the need for enhanced communication and collaboration between the lawmaker and Assemblymembers of the Akatsi South Municipal Assembly.

The lawmaker’s alleged neglect of the Assembly sections in Akatsi South for several years has led to widespread discontent among Assemblymembers, who have even attempted to pass a vote of no confidence in him.

The incident has also raised questions about the MP’s relationship with his constituents, and Assemblymembers, and the importance of respecting protocol in such interactions.

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Sources within the Akatsi South Constituency, Assembly members have also revealed that the attitudes of the Member of Parliament, Mr. Ahiafor, have sparked grave concerns that the party’s votes in the 2024 elections may suffer if several internal issues within the party are not addressed promptly.

 The MP’s behavior, described as ‘Mugabeism’, “divide and rule” by some staunch supporters of the opposition NDC, has reportedly created divisions and unrest within the constituency, threatening to depreciate the party’s chances in the December 7th polls.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been urged to take swift action to address the issues and heal the wounds, lest the party suffer electoral consequences.

The development has highlighted the need for party leaders to address internal conflicts and ensure unity and cohesion among members to maintain public trust and support for the party ahead of the crucial 2024 elections.

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