NPP suspends MP, former Minister over loss of Sissala West seat
The defeat suffered by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Sissala West Constituency of the Upper West Region is causing an internecine war in the party in the constituency, as the executives have suspended a number of officials over alleged roles they played in the defeat.
The suspension of the eight officials was influenced by a petition the party executives received from concerned members of the NPP in the constituency.
The suspended members are the Member of Parliament (MP), Patrick Alhassan Adama, a former Minister under the Kufuor administration, Mr George Hika-Benson, and Mr. Zakaria Bakor, who was sacked as District Chief Executive (DCE). Others are Mr. Majeed Liman, Mr. Hudu Mua, Mr. Amissah Wibireh, Mr. Bahua Abudu, and Halidu Yahaya.
The petitioners alleged that the aforementioned people campaigned against Naliwie Salifu, the parliamentary candidate, ahead of the 2020 polls.
The suspension is in line with Article 3 (7,1) of the NPP Constitution, which states that “a member may be suspended from membership of the party, or holding an office in the party, pending an enquiry into his or her conduct by a Disciplinary Committee.”
Reacting to the suspension, the affected members, in a press statement, also accused the constituency executives of running murky administration, which cost the NPP dearly in the constituency during the 2020 general elections.
The leader of the suspended members, Mr. Hudu Mua, cautioned the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Chinnia, to stay away from Sissala West issues, and that he (the Deputy Minister) met with the Constituency Chairman to orchestrate their suspension.
He noted that any time a District Chief Executive is removed from office close to national elections, the party in power loses the seat.
According to him, in 2007 when Mr Maada was removed as the District Chief Executive and the current parliamentary candidate became the DCE, the party lost the elections to the People’s National Convention (PNC), adding that in 2015, when the NDC removed Moses Luri close to elections, they also lost the seat to the then parliamentary candidate.
To him, the NPP should have known better, but rather ignored the warning signs and sacked the DCE.
Mr. Mau accused the Constituency Chairman, Alhaji Dramani, of intimidating any polling station executive who criticised his leadership style.
In the Sissala East Constituency, Mr. Razak Vemmieis is also accusing the current Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Mr Amidu Chinnia, of aiding skirt and blouse voting in 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020.
Mr. Vemmie claimed the Deputy Minister went to some communities being the stronghold of the NDC to say that they should vote for John Mahama and vote for him (Chinnia).
Mr. Vemmie pointed out that the MP elect lost in his hometown Bugubelle to the NDC candidate, and as well lost in Nabugubelle and Tumu, his birthplace and mother’s hometown.
Meanwhile, the Aide to the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister and MP-elect for Sissala East Constituency, Mr. Bawah Chakilia Latif, has stated that the claim by Mr. Vemmie, who is from Bouti in the Sissala West Constituency, that the NPP lost both parliamentary and presidential in the MP-elect’s polling station in Bugubelle was false and should be disregarded.
According to him, at Bugubelle polling station A, for the presidential NPP had 345 whilst the NDC garnered 290, while in the parliamentary NPP had 342 against the NDC’s 296.