Joseph Yammin, a National Executive of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has contradicted claims that the spillage of the Akosombo Dam was intended to safeguard it from destruction.
He argues that the exercise was intended to destroy property, lives, and the voting fortunes of his party.
Yammin leans toward the theory that this was a well-thought-out plan by the Akufo-Addo-led administration to undermine his party’s prospects in the Volta Region, which was most affected.
He contends that there are no excuses for the situation, as the dam has engineers who could have prevented the flooding if they had the best interests in mind. “The incompetence of this government is legendary and at a point, I am tempted to believe, the conspiracy theory that people are trying to bring out of the disaster in the Volta region. People are saying the government wants to get a lot of people in the stronghold of the NDC, displaced and their cards destroyed and whatever, it’s possible, because a lot of people may lose their voters ID cards and I don’t see the EC having the capabilities to issue these cards back to them”
“If the government does not know, this is going to happen to my people then it tells you that the government is clueless, the spillage cannot be the sole prerogative of VRA, it has to be a cabinet decision and look at the devastating effect on the people”, he lamented.
Yammin also mentioned that the NDC will press the Electoral Commission to replace voter ID cards for all those affected by the man-made flooding.
“We are going to force the EC to do it for them after the water levels have subsided. We will like to find out how many people have lost their cards and what the EC will be doing to replace them so that they will still have the chance to vote”, he hinted.
“This is an indication of lack of control, lack of foresight, lack of management on the part of the government. Some assessment should have been done. Akosombo dam is a security zone and must be protected as a matter of urgency”, he stressed.