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General News | Apr 16, 2004

Rumpus Hits Northen Region NPP

Free Press

All is already not well with the Northern Regional branch of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP). The party is yet to hold elections to meet executives for the region and the youth branch has been agitating for the removal of the old executives.

As the primaries for sitting MPs in the region draws closer, there are indications that further trouble may visit the party. This is because Free Press has learnt there are serious maneuvers to unseat certain sitting MPs in the region and fingers are pointing at some prominent member of the party whose names have not been confirmed to Free Press yet for engineering these moves.

Credible sources have revealed that these people are allegedly supporting a political novice to contest for the Yendi seat, which is being held by ex-minister for Interior and two term MP, Alhaji Malik Alhassan Yakubu. The sources contended that the VP was behind an Accra based forex bureau operator, Alhaji Lukman, who has declared his intention to cotes in the NPP primaries.

The source noted that the recent destruction of NPP flags at Yendi by the youth was due to their anger at the VP alleged meddling in Yendi affairs. They accused those party gurus of falling to visit Yendi since the Dagbon crisis started two years ago and have vowed to resist any attempts to impose Lukman on them.

Another constituency where trouble may erupt is the Gukpagu-Sabongida seat, which is currently occupied by the Minister for Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris. Here again these gurus are alleged to be sponsoring Alhaji Armiyawo to contest the primaries against Alhaji Mustapha Idriss who is also a two term MP and certain to win the seat again. The source revealed that, Mr Abdul Summed has publicly confirmed that he was being sponsored by some prominent people unseat incumbent MP.

Another constituency in contention is the Kumbungu constituency where the party Kingpin is alleged to be sponsoring the former Northern Regional Minister, Prince Imoro Andani. The source noted that even though Mr Amadu Kaleem is the clear favourite of the people, he was being pressurized by the NPP national executives to step down since he was the official spokesman of the Abdul faction and thus the Andanis who are in the majority would not vote for him.

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