Campaign on issues, not personality – NDC aspirants cautioned

By
Anthony Apubeo, GNA

Bolgatanga, Aug 23, GNA – Mr Donatus
Nyaaba, the Upper East Regional Director of Elections, National Democratic
Congress (NDC), has cautioned candidates vying for the various parliamentary
primaries to focus on  their messages to
the delegates and avoid character assassination campaign.

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, the NDC
would be going to the polls to elect candidates who would stand on the ticket
of the party as parliamentary candidates for 
the 2020 general elections.

 Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News
Agency (GNA), Mr Nyaaba reminded candidates that the election was an internal
one, which would bring the best candidates to contest and win power for the
party in the next election and therefore asked them to avoid destructive
messages.

“The agenda of the party is to choose
competent candidates, who can wrestle power from the New Patriotic Party (NPP),
especially the seats that the NDC lost to the NPP during the 2016 elections as
well as reclaim the presidency”, he said..

Though, the primaries would not be
taking place in some constituencies due to strategies of the party, the Upper
East Region is not affected.

He said as the party’s executives were
working hard to unite the structures of the party, it was expected of all
aspirants to avoid activities that would curtail the effort and create any
internal wrangling.

He said all was set for the primaries to
take place in all the 15 constituencies in the region and the election
committee had met with all the aspirants and modalities regarding the conduct
of the elections was explained to them.

He warned executives to desist from
publicly endorsing any candidate so as to maintain the peace the party was
currently enjoying.

He said in the Bolgatanga Central
Constituency, Mr Isaac Adongo, the incumbent Member of Parliament would be
battling with Mr George Gamson, a public servant while in the Bolgatanga East,
Dr Dominic Ayine, the incumbent MP would be contesting with Mr Lance Adogba, a
retired public servant.

In the Builsa South Constituency, Dr
Clement Apaak, the incumbent MP, would be going unopposed, Mr James Agalga, the
current MP for Builsa North Constituency would be contesting with Mr Timothy
Awintirim, a Former MP for the area.

At the Chiana-Paga Constituency, five
candidates are contesting including; Mr Rudolph Amenga-Etigo, the incumbent MP,
Mr Christopher Apedum, a business man, 
Mr Nikyema Billa Alamzy, a business man, Mr Thomas Addah Dalu, a former
District Chief Executive and Mr Donald Tuumyeridam, a Teacher and Jonathan
Nyaaba, a law student,  while five
candidates are also vying for the Navrongo Central Constituency, two former
Municipal Chief Executives for the Kassana-Nankana, Mr Stanislaus Kandingdi and
Mr Emmanuel Andem, while the rest are; Mr Peter Kaba, a Legal Practitioner, Mr
Samson Tangombu, a public servant and Dr Jacob Parechuga, an Educationist.

Two candidates each are contesting for
the Bongo and Talensi Constituencies including; Mr Edward Bawa, the incumbent
MP and Mr Rainer Akumperigya, a legal practitioner and Mr Nicholas Takuzie and
Mr B.T Baba, the incumbent MP for Talensi, respectively.

For Tempane Constituency, Mr David
Adakudugu, former MP,  Mr Zeba
Abdallah,  in the USA  and Dr Mark Akudugu Mbawini, a Public
Servant, would be contesting, while four candidates including; Dr Thomas
Anabah, a Medical Practitioner,  Mr
Dominic Azumah Azimbe, a former MP, Mr Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, the incumbent MP
and Mr George Mbawini, an Educationist are contesting for the Garu
Constituency.

While Mr Musah Abdulai has withdrawn
leaving Mr Mahama Ayariga, the current MP for Bawku Central to go unopposed,
five candidates including; Mr Ebenezer Alumire Ndebila, a public servant, Mr
Simon Mbilla Eugene, Mr Cletus Avoka, former MP, Mr Paul Issifu Abasi and Mr
Simon Ayande Agbango, a former District Chief Executive are vying for the
Zebilla seat.

For the Binduri constituency, Mr Noah
Ben Azure, a Teacher Dr Robert Kugnab-lem, the incumbent MP, Mr Simon Azimbe, a
Teacher and Mr Stephen Atubiga, a business man are the candidates, while Dr
Vida Nyagre Yakong, a Lecturer at the University for Development Studies, Mr
Francis Sampana Zuure, an Accountant and Dr Mark Kurt Nawaane, the incumbent MP
are fighting for the Nabdam Constituency slot.

Two candidates including; Mrs Laadi Ayi
Ayamba, the incumbent MP and Mr George Banbila Atuugah, a public servant are
contesting for the Pusiga Constituency,

GNA

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