Mr. David Agbee, the executive director of Ghana Institute of Governance and Security, has called for the development and establishment of a conflict resolution mechanism within political parties in the country.
He believes that with the provision of such a mechanism within all the political parties, issues of conflict emanating from party members during the course of their duties would be dealt with in a swift and appropriate manner that would result in peace.
His comment comes in the wake of recent counter accusations that ensued between Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Otiko Djaba, and Mr. Bugri Naabu, Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP.
Speaking to this paper in an interview yesterday, Mr. Agbee said that, had the ruling NPP adopted and deployed conflict resolution strategies, they would have averted the current impasse which has brought tension and unrest within its ranks.
He stressed that efforts should be made by the party’s leadership to bring together the two leading personalities to substantiate the various allegations they made against each other for a decision to be taken as to who is wrong and who is right, followed by apologies and then the necessary punitive measures carried out to the culprit to deter others from such wrongdoings.
Although Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu, in letter released in Accra, has apologized to the Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, for suggesting that he connived with others to murder the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP, he failed to do same to the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, hence deepening the existing tension between the two.
The executive director is of the view that had the party conflict resolution structures been that vibrant and active such development would not have happened in the first place, since all those involved and implicated in the accusations would all be presented the platform to state their case for redress.
He then appealed to the leadership of the party not to take recent developments in the party lightly at all, since it has the potential of igniting violence in the three regions in the north of the country.
“As you know already how volatile the northern part of the country is and so if such an issue comes up it is very important for those in responsible positions within the party to nip it in the bud,” he said.