Asiedu Nketiah addressing the aspirants
Three National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary aspirants out of 120 in the Northern Region have been disqualified at the end of the vetting on Sunday night with seven others stepping down.
Per their disqualifications the three cannot contest in the parliamentary primaries in their constituencies.
They are Mohammed Kamal Abubakari from the Karaga constituency; Gmayi Tamanj Ben, Bimbilla constituency and Ali Joseph Lachir, Bunkpurugu.
Mohammed Kamal Abubakari and Ali Joseph Lachir were disqualified because they had taken the party to court, while Gmayi Tamanj Ben could not prove his membership of the NDC.
The Bunkpurugu constituency vetting was suspended as a result of a petition that was presented to the vetting committee, seeking the disqualification of some five aspirants. The committee has therefore decided to probe that matter before taking a decision.
The seven aspirants who withdrew from the vetting process were Ali Mohammed, Yagaba-Kubori constituency; Mumuni Abdul-Hamid, Salaga North; Hajia Mary Nabobu and Issifu Suleman Frinjei, Chereponi; Alfred Donkor, Kpandai; Jagri Bagyepu Bernard and Noah Megma Shei, Bimbilla.
The vetting committee was headed by the NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia. Other members included, Vice Chairperson, Madam Betty-Mould Iddrisu and the Deputy National Communications Director, Dr. William Ahadzie.
Mr Asiedu Nketia said the NDC is the only political party in the country that has given power to every registered member to decide who they want as their candidate for the 2016 parliamentary election.
The party’s performance in the Northern Region in the 2012 elections was the worst since 1992. It lost 10 seats in the parliamentary election – 9 to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and 1 to the CPP.
Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Chereponi, Hajia Mary Nakobu, who was said to have stepped down from the race, has accused Asiedu Nektia of peddling falsehood.
Hajia Nakobu said the NDC General Secretary, in connivance with some constituency executives, had misinformed the public on the reasons for her non-inclusion in the list of candidates for the primaries.
She told Kasapafmonline shortly after the vetting that the Asiedu Nketia-led vetting committee accused her of sponsoring the parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Party (NDP) – Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings’ party – in the Chereponi constituency in 2012.
She however, denied any involvement in NDP politics in the area and revealed that although she rebutted the accusation, the committee still forced her out of the race.
“I did not voluntarily step down. I was asked to do so because it was alleged I brought NDP to Chereponi,” she disclosed.
From: Kombat Eric & Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Tamale