The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is in the market looking for a crowd to rent for showboating that will help make President Akufo-Addo look popular when he visits Keta in the Volta Region later in the week.
Consequently, an advert prospecting for people who are willing to make themselves available to be used for the hype has been published on NPP social media platforms, especially on WhatsApp.
The advert is complete with the mobile phone number of the point man to contact for T shirts and explains that members of the prospective rented crowd will be required to look the part when they follow Akufo-Addo and pretend to be adoring Voltarians.
“An information indicating that the President of the Republic of Ghana *H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo* will be in Keta constituency on this Thursday, therefore we are expected to select 50 people (Grassroot campaigners) to represent us at the event ground.
“Vehicle shall be made available to convey the selected people. And these people must be in our Grassrootcampaigners T-shirt or Lacost.
“Please any interested individual (patriot) who deemed it good to attend the program is ever allowed to do so. Contact for t-shirts (0548398271).”
The President’s popularity among Voltarians in general, is believed to have dipped, after he deployed soldiers to the Region as part of what has been perceived to be fear tactics to scare people in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s stronghold from registering as voters.
Anlos were especially the most affected because the people of Aflao suffered the most from beatings and manhandling by soldiers. Keta is in the heart of Anlo, with Dzelukofe being the seat of Anlo traditional governance.
The militarization of Volta angered His Royal Majesty Togbui Sri lll, the Awoemefia of Anlo into warning that if the ethnocentric attacks on Anlos continue, Anlso will be forced to defend themselves.
Also, the Anlo Youth Council had been angered into calling for secession from Ghana because of Akufo-Addo’sperceived hatred of Ewes. Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli has since described excuses that were used to deploy soldiers to the Volta Region as “lies.”
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sincealso reported the Akufo-Addo government to the UN over the ethnic profiling of Ewes.
It is in the aftermath of the perceived ethnocentric attacks on Ewes that Akufo-Addo is now traveling to Eve Nyigbato campaign for votes.
Apparently, the President feels he has burnt his bridges as far as the Volta Region is concerned hence the desire to rent a crowd and stage manage it when Akufo-Addo is in Keta.