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31.01.2004 Regional News

"We Don't Want Primaries, Gambila is Our Man" - Delegates Declare.

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Sakoti (U/E), Jan. 31, GNA - Polling Station Executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Nabdam constituency of the Upper East Region on Friday declared their unflinching support for the candidature of Mr. Boniface Gambila, Director of the National Service Scheme, to contest the parliamentary seat in that constituency.

"We were with him in those crucial days when our opponents laughed and scorned at us, we would continue with him in these days of hope of capturing the seat for the party".

The 160 Polling Station Executives from 32 polling stations in the constituency, whose chairmen form part of the delegates at the primaries, made the declaration at a meeting with Mr. Gambila at Sakoti to deliberate on party matters and to streamline their strategies for the forthcoming general election.

They commended the government for the development projects it has initiated in the Nabdam area, especially in the health and education sectors.

They said the people of Nabdam appreciate the good works being pursued by the NPP, adding that, the people are determined to reciprocate by voting massively for the party in the forthcoming general election.

Addressing the people, Mr. Gambila reiterated the government's determination to bring development to the Nabdam area irrespective of the cost, saying that, the government recognised the importance of opening up rural communities to encourage the growth of private businesses.

"With so much hope and confidence the people have reposed in the NPP government, it is imperative that we stay on truck in turning the hopeless economy we inherited three years ago into one of hope".

Mr. Gambila said one major achievement of the NPP administration is the creation of the Talensi-Nabdam District, which no previous government found prudent to do, adding that, even though the people of Nabdam have continuously voted for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in previous elections, the achievement of the NPP for the area in just three years far superseded that of the NDC's 12 years.

He debunked speculations it was the NDC that initiated the creation of the Talensi-Nabdam District and said even though the NDC had the power to give the people of Nabdam and Talensi their share of the national cake, they vehemently denied them because they had always taken the people for a ride.

Mr. Gambila further challenged the NDC to give documentary proof to the assertion that it initiated the district for the two communities. "They have to prove whether it is Professor Atta Mill's or former President Rawlings' signatures that endorsed the bill to create the district".

He therefore called on the people of Nabdam to ignore such baseless statements to confuse them and bring anarchy and chaos in the Nabdam area, adding, "this is a peaceful place, we have lived as brothers and sisters and we now know the truth so they want to change our minds to destabilize the unity among us".

Mr. Gambila who contested the seat and lost in the 2000 election told the people to respect the tenets of democracy and allow other people willing to contest the seat on the ticket of the party to do so, maintaining that the prevalence of democracy within the NPP was a paramount feature of the Party's ideology.

The National Service Director is contesting the primaries with Professor Charles Yendork, a Physical Education Lecturer in the United States and Mr. Peter Kparib, an agriculturist.

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