EDAIF Boss Chase Mahama’s Seat

Sulemana Yusif
PROJECT MANAGER  of the Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF), Sulemana Yusif, is among leading contenders garnering for the Bole-Bamboi seat on the ticket of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mr Yusif, who contested and lost to the incumbent Alhaji Joseph Akati Saaka in 2012 by an insignificant margin, is optimistic of winning the mandate of the people this time, especially with the current expansion in the Electoral College.

His bid has been given a boost following a decision by the incumbent not to seek reelection after two terms as legislator of the area having succeeded from President John Mahama in 2009.

It is unclear why the incumbent is not seeking another term, but DAILY GUIDE gathered that he has lost favour with the people of the constituency and, therefore, taken a firm decision to bow out honourably.

Mr Yusif, who is enjoying the support of the youth and party leaders in the constituency, disclosed to DAILY GUIDE he is in the race to transform the area and make it more appealing than its present state.

Though he suffered a painful defeat at his first attempt to represent the people in 2012, he indicated that he never relented in his efforts to ensure victory for the NDC.

He did this by going all out to support the incumbent with motorbikes, party paraphernalia and other logistics which paid off as manifested in the election results.

Despite not being a legislator yet, he stated that he has, over the years in his personal capacity, supported decentralised departments in the Bole District, including the provision of air-conditioners to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The parliamentary hopeful also mentioned the provision of jerseys to youth groups as a way of promoting sports in the district, indicating that most of these donations were done during off political seasons.

The EDAIF boss underscored the significance of education in the area and outdoored a blueprint to propel education in the constituency to a higher level, thereby ensuring that illiteracy rate is brought to the barest minimum.

To this end, he promised to increase his contributions in paying fees of a number of tertiary students in the district when elected.

The constituency, home of the president, he averred, requires the services of a development-oriented person who can coordinate issues to bring about development.

 From Stephen Zoure, Bole

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