A founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Boagye Agyarko, has charged the party to get rid of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo label for a more inclusive one.
Speaking following a recent fracas over tribalistic and discriminatory comments passed by Alan Kyeremanten for President supporter Hopeson Adorye, Boakye Agyarko said the party should get back to its actual tradition – the UP tradition.
He said using that label is far better and more inclusive than the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition.
Former NPP Parliamentary candidate in the Kpone Katamanso constituency, Hopeson Adorye recently claimed that Northerners in the party from the Dombo tradition are only good for being running mates.
According to him, the party is always led by someone from the Danquah-Busia faction who chooses a Dombo as their running mate.
“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), Danquah represents Ashanti Region and the Bono areas, while Dombo represents Northern Region,” Hopeson Adorye said during a health walk organised by supporters of Alan Kyeremanten.
He continued: “Whenever a Dankwa leads the party, the Busia side step aside but there is a Dombo (for running mate), and whenever a Busia lead, the Dankwa side step aside but there is a Dombo (for running mate). As for the Dombos they are always there (for running mate).”
In a piece reacting to the firestorm sparked by the comments, Boakye Agyarko implored the party to move away from the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition.
Read his piece below…
Day in and day out, our collective actions provide ample reasons why we must rid ourselves of this false “Danquah-Busia-Dombo” label, with all its cascading false claims and consequences, and return to our original label of the UP TRADITION.
This falsely imposed label in itself is a harbinger of unnecessary strife among us. With such a return to our original label (UP TRADITION), these false claims and counterclaims will be delegitimized and disappear. Our tradition is and must be the UP TRADITION nothing more, nothing less.
The UP Tradition is not about hero worshipping individuals or deifying our leaders, but rather holding dear and remaining true to our values and principles. We pay our respects to those who reflect and exemplify our values.
We need our peace of mind and unity in this party.