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10.03.2006 General News

Prof Seini Still Eyes Tamale Central Seat

By Graphic
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Former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central Professor Wayo Seini, has expressed his intention to contest the seat he relinquished, this time on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

This will, however, depend on the outcome of Prof Seini's application to the party for readmission into the party.

Prof Seini confirmed his determination to return to Parliament, when he formally applied to rejoin the NPP and also to be considered as the party's candidate for the April 4, by-election.

The NPP General Secretary, Nana Ohene-Ntow, who confirmed this to the Daily Graphic yesterday, said the party had received Prof Seini's application and added that the party would meet today to take a firm decision on it.

Prof Wayo Seini, a former NPP vice chairman who defected to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) two years ago resigned his seat in Parliament last week as NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, and announced his intention to return to the NPP.

Nana Ohene-Ntow described the former MP's case as a peculiar one because the very circumstances that led to the seat being declared vacant had some implication for the party.

He said the NPP would explore all legitimate avenues and procedures to ensure that the party won the Tamale Central by-elections.

He stated that the party was preparing feverishly towards the by-election and had sent an advance team to Tamale to collaborate with the regional and constituency executives to move swiftly into action to ensure that the NPP won the seat.

Nana Ohene-Ntow said the party was aware of the 11,000 margin of vote differences in the 2004 elections, “but as a party with a track record of wining the presidency from an incumbent and winning a lot of by-elections, we are poised to snatch the seat from the NDC.”

He urged NPP members and supporters in the area to vigorously start campaigning for the party and also to whip up the interest of members to come out in their numbers and vote massively for the NPP.

He advised the electorate in the area to be circumspect and law-abiding in their campaign because of the delicate security nature of the area, due to the Dagbon crises.

Nana Ohene-Ntow appealed to both sides of the chieftaincy divide, the Andanis and the Abudus, to see the by-election as a national exercise and not an Andani or Abudu issue.