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Politics of Friday, 21 February 2020

Source: Kwesi Owusu-Ansah

NPP Madina Primaries: Aspirant withdraws, declares support for Sadique Abubakar

Michael Kofi Afrifa  Mackenzie Michael Kofi Afrifa Mackenzie

New Patriotic Party parliamentary aspirant in the Madina constituency, of the Greater Accra region, Mr. Michael Kofi Afrifa Mackenzie has withdrawn from the race.

The immediate past chairman for the NPP in the Madina constituency will now enter a coalition with Hon. Sadique Abubakar.

In a statement signed by Mr. Michael Kofi Afrifa Mackenzie dated February 20, 2020, "this is to formally announce my withdrawal as a candidate from the new patriotic party's Parliamentary primaries to contest the incumbent member of parliament for the Madina constituency, Hon. Sadique Abubakar due to personal reasons".

The reasons as to why the step down from the race was not cited in his statement.

"I duly apologize to my faithful supporters for any disappointment caused and also to thank them from their unending support". Mr Mackenzie noted in the statement.

The former Madina constituency chairman described the incumbent MP, Mr. Abubakar Sadique as an astute politician who "I believe deserves the mandate to represent our noble party once again".

In the statement, Mr. Mackenzie entreated his supporters to throw their weight behind the honorable MP so that " we can maintain the Madina constituency Parliamentary seat.

The decision to step down has now rendered the incumbent MP to run the race unopposed

Mr. Michael Kofi Afrifa Mackenzie is the immediate past NPP chairman for the Madina constituency who was a very instrumental player in Hon. Abubakar Sadique's campaign team that kicked out the NDC MP, Hon. Ahmed Sorogo.

Mr. Micheal Mackenzie was the Madina constituency chairman for the NPP from 2014 until 2018 where he lost his second term bid.

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