Both the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris and the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mohammed Amin Adam will not contest the New Patriotic Party's primaries.
Alhaji Yakubu Addo, the Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, confirmed that the two have not filed their papers to contest the fourth coming primaries.
Both Alhaji Idris and Mr Amin contested for Tamale South and Tamale Central constituencies in the last general elections on the NPP ticket but lost to the NDC candidates.
A source close to Alhaji Idris said that he refused to file for the primaries because he wants to give way to the young people in the constituency to contribute to the development of the party and the constituency.
The source maintained that there were young competent ones within the party in the constituency.
The source said that Alhaji Idris pledged to support any person chosen to contest on the party ticket.
According to the MCE, his decision not to file his papers for party primaries was nothing more than to give the opportunity to others to also try.
He said he remains loyal and fully committed to the progress of the NPP, the constituency and the country as whole.
Mr Amin emphasised that he preferred to serve the party in other capacities rather than MP, but stressed that he was ever prepared to assist in kind and cash to anybody standing on the ticket of the NPP.
“Though I have not filed for the primaries I will assist and ensure that a right candidate is elected to ensure victory for the great NPP in the constituency,” he said.
A reliable report reaching The Ghanaian Times indicated that DCEs for Central Gonja; Yakubu Zakaria, Karaga; Baba Wahab and Yendi; Mohammed Habib Tijani have filed to contest the NPP primaries in their constituencies.