Speaking in his capacity as a leading member of pro New Patriotic Party (NPP) pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), Abu Ramadan defended his position.
In a reaction, a cross section of residents of the Northern Regional capital Tamale lambasted and demanded an unqualified apology from him.
On the airwaves of some Tamale based radio stations (Thursday), some serial callers as well as panelists of the various morning shows heavily descended on Abu Ramadan.
Whilst some described his comment as unwarranted, others thought Abu Ramadan underrated the development priorities of people in the Northern Region.
Meanwhile, the Regional Executive Committee of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a Citi News interview claimed Abu Ramadan’s comment was meant to satisfy his paymasters in the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The NDC regional Communications Officer, Abdul-Mumin Alhassan Fuseini explained, “Not too long ago, precisely on the 17/09/2014, one Alhaji Umar Bodinga, the first vice Chairman of NPP in the
Eastern Region ignorantly and callously made statements to the effect that the upgrading of the Tamale Airport to an international status is a misplaced priority and the NPP does not support it.”
He further recalled, “This was reechoed by Nana Akomea, the national communications Director of the NPP and repeated by Michael Omari Wadie on TV Gold.”
Abdul-Mumin Alhassan Fuseini added that, “One boy called Abu Ramadan who is said to be the national youth Organizer of the PNC shamelessly repeated the said unfortunate comments by his paymasters.”