The New Patriotic Party (NPP), in the Northern Region on Wednesday, begun vetting potential candidates for the parliamentary primaries in nine orphan constituencies in the region.
The process which was to have began on Saturday 10th August 2019, was rescheduled to 14th August and it’s expected to end on Friday 16thAugust 2019.
The vetting is being chaired by Evans Nimako, The national director of research and elections of NPP
Speaking to Diamond News after going through the vetting, a Deputy Energy Minister in charge of petroleum, Mohammed Amin Anta who is eyeing the karaga constituency, described the process as free and fair, saying the vetting process enabled the party to build concessions around the various candidates to ensure unity after the primaries.
He assured that, the entire candidate in the karaga constituency will rally behind who ever emerge as winner at the primaries, to unseat the NDC’s Abdul Fatawu Dandaawa.
The deputy minister of energy claimed that there is no developmental record by the NDC MP for holding the constituency for 16 years, saying things have worsened under the watch of the current MP. Amin Adam said the NPP has begun series of development in the karaga constituency.
“We are determined that whoever emerge winner will win the seat, NDC should get ready we are going to come together after them by adding the seat to NPP. Their record in the constituency is abysmal, there’s no development record in the constituency despite occupying it for over 16 years and they want to add 4 more years?
“The people want development, they want relieve and the NPP Government will provide such relief and so we are ready to take karaga seat to NPP come 2020 general elections ,”he added.
Mohammed Amin Anta is vying to lead the party in karaga constituency for the first time, after losing Tamale central in 2008. So far four persons have filed to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections in Karaga constituency. They are Dr Mohammed Amin, Dr Baba Sayuti, Mr. Sulemana Ibn Saeed, and Mr. Abdulai Alhassan.
Meanwhile 29 aspirants from across nine orphan Constituencies in the northern region are expected to appear before the three member vetting panel.