Mion Parliamentary primary result challenged

Tamale, Nov. 23, GNA – Dr Mu-awia Mohammed Zakaria, one of the aspirants in the just-ended Mion Constituency NDC Parliamentary elections, has challenged the results in favour of Mr Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, to lead the party in 2016.

Mr Mohammed Abdul-Aziz polled 1,652 as against Dr Zakaria’s 1,639 votes, which Dr Zakaria said he suspected foul play and would not accept the results until all outstanding issues were resolved.

The Mion constituency parliamentary seat is currently occupied by Dr Ahmed Yakubu, a deputy Minister of the Food and Agriculture who also managed some 1,345 votes, which could not enable him to retain his position.

The other contestants were Mr Alhassan Adam, who had 355, Mr Abdul Jalil Bawa, 1,234, Mr Munkaila King Zakaria got 369 and Mr Prince Ibrahim Tanko obtaining 362.

In a press statement issued in Tamale on Monday and signed by Dr Mu-awia Mohammed Zakaria said, ‘I will like to put on record that the results is being challenged due to the addition of results from pink sheets considered doctored or compromised’. ‘Until all outstanding issues are addressed, the results remain disputed’, he said.

Dr Zakaria appealed to Mion constituents and his supporters across the country to remain calm until the process was complete saying, ‘I am convinced that I won the elections and no amount of propaganda can change the results’. ‘We will like to use this opportunity to call on our teeming supporters to remain calm since we are deploying all legal means at our disposal to ensure that the will of the people of Mion is not compromised’, he stressed.

Mr Tanko Computer, Northern Regional Director of elections of the NDC told the GNA that per the results the party received from the Mion constituency and declared by the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr Mohammed Abdul-Aziz remains the party’s newly elected Parliamentary candidate.

He said if there were outstanding issues in Mion they were yet to be made known to the Regional Secretariat of the NDC, and gave the assurance that all problems related to the elections would be solved to maintain peace and unity for victory in 2016.

GNA


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