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07.06.2004 General News

Endorse Mahama - Hawa to JAK

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Bolgatanga -- The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Madam Hawa Yakubu, has appealed to President J. A. Kufuor to endorse the Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, as his running mate for the December general election.

She described the performance of the Vice-President as excellent and unprecedented in the political history of Ghana, adding that, “he is dynamic, humble and an asset to the country, the people of northern origin and development”.

Speaking to journalists in Bolgatanga at the weekend, Madam Yakubu, who is also the Chairperson of the Transport and Communications Committee of the ECOWAS Parliament, said the Vice-President had lived above reproach and served as a symbol of unity for the people, especially politicians, chiefs, opinion leaders, women and the youth.

She described as untenable, the argument or reasons being put forward by some politicians and media that Alhaji Aliu Mahama should not be President Kufuor's running mate.

Madam Yakubu, known for her frank and fearless opinions on sensitive national issues, said using the Dagbon conflict as a yardstick or criteria to judge the performance of Alhaji Mahama was unfortunate.

She said an amicable solution should be found to the Dagbon conflict instead of denying the Vice-President another chance.Madam Yakubu, who is also known as “Iron Lady”, said the pairing of President Kufuor and Alhaji Mahama was the best and nothing should separate them.

She, therefore, called on the President to make a public pronouncement on the endorsement of the Vice-President immediately to end the anxiety, speculations and media agitation being orchestrated by some politicians.

The MP said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was now very strong in the rural communities and the northern sector of Ghana. Mrs Agnes Chigabatia Asangalisa, NPP parliamentary candidate for Builsa North, speaking at the palace of the paramount chief of the traditional area, added her voice to the call for the endorsement of the Vice-President.

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