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Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo
The Municipal Director of Education in the Savelugu/Nanton district of the Northern Region, Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu has vowed to put an end to the parliamentary ambitions of Hajia Mary Boforo.

The incumbent is one of the longest serving legislators in the Northern Region but the educationist had served notice that Hajia Boforo may not return to parliament if the support he is receiving at the grassroots is anything to go by.

Submitting his completed nomination forms at the National Democratic Congress (NDC) constituency office at Savelugu to contest in the November 7 primaries, Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu observed that the incumbent must pave way for more energetic hands to take over the mantle of leadership in the area.

‘The incumbent MP is tired after representing the people in the area in parliament for almost 20 years and must retire to help build the party’, he stated

The Former District Secretary of the then Gushegu/Karaga District in the President Jerry John Rawlings regime, disclosed that he is a grassroots man and has over the years help build the party in many ways in the Savelugu constituency.

He observed that the constituency witnessed a  decline of votes in the last elections indicating that  the circumstances which  resulted in the vote loses are still prevalent and the only way to change that is to have him elected.

The Parliamentary hopeful reiterated his commitment to maximize votes for the party in both the presidential and parliamentary elections if given the nod.

He mentioned education as his topmost priority in the constituency pledging to put in the necessary structures to improve the level of education in the district to help reduce poverty, illiteracy and disease which is endemic in some areas.

Over 2000 party supporters within the constituency amidst drumming and dancing, accompanied the education director to file his forms.

Meanwhile the youth in the area and opinion leaders have given their support to Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu.

Most of them argue the party needs an appealing and winnable candidate to secure the seat for the NDC claiming the incumbent MP, Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo can no longer secure the Savelugu seat for the party.

The incumbent MP entered parliament in 1992 in view of the fact that the Savelugu constituency has been a traditional seat for the NDC which has won it with a very wide margin in past elections.

In the 2012 elections however, votes of the party in the constituency sharply declined with sections of NDC supporters blaming the situation on the parliamentary candidate. They claimed she is no longer appealing to the electorate.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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