A veteran member of Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party (CPP) who is now a traditional Chief in the Bole Traditional Area, Yipalawura Mahama Yahaya has disclosed that the father of the running mate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Muhamadu Bawumia betrayed President Mahama’s father to Dr Kwame Nkrumah resulting in the sack of President Mahama’s father E.A. Mahama as Northern Regional Commissioner.
Speaking on Bole based Nkilgi FM’s special Nkrumah’s birthday holiday morning show, Yipalawura Yahaya who is about 90 years disclosed that Muhamadu Bawumia’s father Mumuni Bawumia was a United Party (UP) Member of Parliament (MP) who crossed to Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP and became jealous of E.A. Mahama because of his dynamism and the massive development he sent to his people in Gonjaland which he Mumuni Bawumia could not do for his people at the Mamprusi area of Northern Region.
According to Yipalawura Yahaya President Mahama’s father who was the first member of Parliament (then called Legislative Assembly) for Western Gonja and who was a confidant of Dr Kwame Nkrumah was able to provide electricity to the people of Bole (shortly after Tamale got electricity) through his Russian friends who were in Ghana to build bungalows called “Russian bungalows” and that incurred the wrath of Bawumia’s father who reported E.A. Mahama to Dr Kwame Nkrumah as developing Gonja and leaving other parts of Northern Region. Yipalawura Yahaya said Bole town got electricity in those days through a huge generator provided by the Russians before many other towns in Northern Ghana including Wa which is now the Regional capital of Upper West.
The CPP veteran who is the surviving son of the famous paramount Chief of Gonja, Yagbonwura Mahama said he was present and saw everything, explained that President Mahama’s father was replaced with Bawumia’s father as Northern Regional Commissioner.
He disclosed that E.A. Mahama went back to Bole after his sack and continued his good works as MP and through the prayer of his people was later recalled into Kwame Nkrumah’s government as Secretary to Parliament and later Minister of State.
Yipalawura Yahaya who is a historian said the success of modern politicians from Bole including President Mahama, Dr Abu Sakara Forster and others is because of the legacy Dr Kwame Nkrumah left for the people of Bole because he groomed the likes of E.A. Mahama who is father of President Mahama; S.S. Sakara, who is the father of Dr Abu Sakara Forster and B.A. Saaka who is the father of Professor Yakubu Saaka. He paid glowing tribute to the biggest spiritual guider of Dr Nkrumah from Bole, Alhaji Abu- Jajah Senior.
He said the struggles Dr Kwame Nkrumah went through as a student and as a pan Africanist should spur everyone to greater heights.
Abudulai F. Abudu Jnr./NkilgiFm