Minister Falls On Own Dagger

Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan and Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo

Last Saturday’s presidential and parliamentary primaries   of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) recorded several heartbreaks in the Northern Region, with some ministers   falling casualty.

Prominent among the list of victims included   Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Member of Parliament (MP) for Mion, Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, Majority Chief Whip and MP for Savelugu, Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo and MP for Daboya/Mankarigu, Abudu Nelson Baani, the man who was pushing for the execution of promiscuous women.

Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan was humiliated as he emerged the candidate with the least votes after polls, with reports suggesting he might have been consumed by a curse he invoked on himself while filing his nomination papers.

He recently invoked curses that the gods of his hometown should not make him win the primary if it was for his personal interest.

Many are of the view that his utterance might have incurred the displeasure of the gods, leading to his abysmal performance in the just ended parliamentary polls.

But the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South and Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu; Minister of Roads and Highways and MP for Tamale Central, Alhaji Innusah Fusheini; Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry and MP for Nanton, Ibrahim Mohammed Murtala; Deputy Minister of Northern Region, Alhaji A.B.A Fusheini and  Adam Mutawakilu, MP for Damongo, all  retained their bids to contest in the 2016 general elections on the ticket of the party.

Haruna Iddrisu polled 12,362 votes to beat a senior lecturer of the Tamale Polytechnic, Aliu Mohammed popularly called One Man, who had 1,962 votes.

Deputy Minister of Power John Jinapor won as the party’s candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu, polling 9,080 to beat Gamaley Kawurbe Hodofia and Salisu Beawurbee, while Accra-based broadcast journalist Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini denied the former MP for Tamale North, Alhaji Abukari Sumani, another opportunity to return to Parliament.

Suhuyini had 4,555 votes while his main contender,  Mohammed Abdul-Salam, polled 3,183 votes. Abukari Sumani polled 1,454 votes, Abdallah Mohammed Mahama, 280 votes, Dr Abdulai Baba Salifu, 275 votes, Mohammed Kamal-Deen Alhassan, 405 and Nabila Mohammed, 67.

In Tamale Central, Innusah Fusheini retained his parliamentary bid with 10,978 votes, while Alhassan Adam polled 192 and Ibrahim Seidu (Engineer) had 5,676 votes.

In the Savelugu constituency, the Municipal Chief Executive, Alhassan Abdulai Red, ended the 12-year stay of Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo  in Parliament by winning with 2,094 votes as against her 1,922 votes while Alhassan Iddrisu polled 2,049 votes.

Violence/Bloated Register
In some parts of the region, including the Kumbungu constituency, pockets of violence erupted as some aspirants accused Ras Mubarak of facilitating the registration of supporters of the opposition NPP to smoothen his win.

Elections in the Kumbungu constituency were however postponed to Sunday. At the time of filing this report yesterday, voting was still underway.

FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale

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