Yendi: Don’t impose a candidate; organise re-run of parliamentary primary’ — NPP NEC told

NPP Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahamaleft and Yendi MP, Farouk Aliu Mahama
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Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama[left] and Yendi MP, Farouk Aliu Mahama

Supporters of Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama, a contestant in the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) parliamentary primaries in Yendi, have demanded a re-run of the polls, arguing the initial election was inconclusive.

At a press conference in Yendi on Tuesday, February 20, the supporters presented their case to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NPP, urging the party's highest decision-making body to order fresh elections within a week to determine the parliamentary candidate.

"The counting process was disrupted, and the mandated body to conduct and declare the election, that is the Electoral Commission did not declare results in the Yendi constituency," said Amin Abdul-Wahab, spokesperson for the Hajia Shanni Mahama supporters.

He added: "This was affirmed by a statement from the EC and subsequently, the General Secretary requested from the Inspector General of Police and the EC Chairperson reports of the Saturday, January 27 election."

The supporters said a petition has been submitted to the NPP General Secretary on the issue but none of the contestants has been invited to respond to it.

"The best and most appropriate decision of the NEC is to call for another election but not to settle on any of the two aspirants. NEC has the power to choose who it wants to be its Parliamentary candidate in any constituency but not when there is a dispute among the parties,” added the statement.

They noted that imposing a candidate on the constituency could undermine the chances of the NPP in the upcoming general elections, given Yendi's history as a traditional stronghold of the party.

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