The Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah, has challenged the people of Kumbungu to use Tuesday’s by-election to chart a new path for the constituency.
According to her, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which has dominated the politics of Kumbungu in the last twenty years, has failed to improve the socioeconomic development of the area and, therefore, it was time they gave the CPP the chance.
Ms Nkrumah was speaking at a rally in Kumbungu on Saturday to round off the party’s campaign geared towards winning the April 30 by-election in the constituency.
The rally, held in the business hub of Kumbungu, attracted a sizeable crowd who cheered as the CPP candidate, Mr Moses Yahaya, and a host of other speakers who mounted the bucket of a pick up vehicle to deliver their messages.
Among them were the 2012 Presidential campaigner for the CPP, Dr Foster Abu Sakara; the First Vice Chairperson of the CPP, Ms Susan Adu Amankwa; the General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah; and other regional executives of the two parties.
“We have fielded a candidate who is sincere, honest and has the people of this area at heart,” Ms Nkrumah stated.
She said the by-election offered the people of Kumbungu a renewed opportunity to redeem Kumbungu.
Dr Sakara, for his part, said their parliamentary aspirant had demonstrated that he could serve his people and, therefore, deserved to be elected.
Mr Yahaya is a development practitioner who boasts of several years of work in rural communities, particularly in the provision of water, healthcare and sanitation.
Although the 61-year-old is widely known among his constituents, it is not clear how that works to his advantage as a politician.
In 2012, he secured 4,134 votes, representing 12.79 per cent, to place third in the parliamentary polls in Kumbungu, which was won by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, whose resignation has prompted the by-election.
“I am aware of the water and power problems facing this community and I would work to fix them when elected to Parliament,” Mr Yahaya told his supporters at the rally.
He said his experience in development work would greatly enable him to work with governmental and non-governmental organisations to attract funding for social interventions in the Kumbungu area.
He was also critical of previous NDC MPs for failing to complete the tarring of the Tamale-Kumbungu road.
Story: Nurudeen Salifu
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