Middle: Alidu Seidu
The New Patriotic Party on Saturday, September 28 conducted their parliamentary elections nationwide to elect the right parliamentary candidates to battle the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Election 2020.
The elections were termed “orphan constituencies”, these are areas where the party lost the 2016 Parliamentary Seats or Elections to the main opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC) and therefore has no sitting Members of Parliament on the party’s (NPP) side in Parliament.
Three candidates, namely Alhaji Alidu Seidu- Asawase Constituency, Mohamed Salisu Bamba- Ejura Sekyere Dumasi constituency and Joseph Owusu- Sekyere Afram Plains Constituency all went unopposed in the Ashanti Region and have been confirmed by popular acclamation.
Despite initial reports which suggested that an aggrieved aspirant, Manaf Ibrahim who has been disqualified by the Vetting Committee last Thursday secured an interim injunction from the Kumasi High Court to restrain the party from conducting the election in the area, but Alidu Seidu has officially been confirmed as the candidate to battle Muntaka Mubarak of NDC in Asawase Constituency.
The duo displayed a very tight competition in the Asawase Constituency in 2016.
However, Muntaka won with a very slight margin, thus, 39,095 (53.57%) against Alidu 33,490(45.89%).
”We are going to win hands down in Asawase. We will unseat Muntaka in 2020.” Alidu told Newstimesgh.com in an interview.
The other NPP Parliamentary Candidates are very optimistic to claim the orphan constituencies for NPP in 2020.
By: Joe Marfo