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Politics of Saturday, 15 December 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

Victory is God sent - Dahmani

“No Dahmani, No vote. Haliya! Haliya!!!.” This was the popular slogan that contributed to the victory of the only independent parliamentary candidate elect in the Northern region.

Mr Alhassan Dahmani decided to contest as an independent candidate following the decision by the National Democracy Congress (NDC) to disqualify him in the constituency primaries in 2008. He stood for the second consecutive time as an independent candidate in the last Friday polls.

He garnered a total of 11,579 votes, representing 38.67 per cent to dethrone his strongest contender, Alhaji Abubakari Sumani, who received 10,885, representing 36.35 per cent. Alhaji Sumani has represented the constituents on the ticket of the NDC for the past twelve years.

Mr Dahmani described his victory as “God sent” and called for unity, hard work and prayers from the people as he pledged to represent the constituents with the best of his ability to help improve on their welfare.

Another new face that will appear in Parliament for the first time is the former Night Editor of the “Daily Graphic,” Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini. He received a total of 29,508 votes to beat his closest rival, Yakubu Abdul-Kareem of the NPP who had only 6,935 votes.

In all, the NPP improved their parliamentary representation in the Northern Region from four to 10. The constituencies are Kpandai, Bimbilla, Zambuck, Tatale-Sanguli and Yendi. The rest are Chereponi, Tolon, Walewale, Yagba/Kubori and Bunkpurugu.

There are currently 31 constituencies in the region, an increase of five from the 26 constituencies in 2008. In those constituencies, the NDC grabbed four seats: Daboya Mankarigu, Salaga North, Yunyoo and Sagnarigu while Tatale-Sanguli was captured by the NPP.

Apart from the incumbent Member of Parliament for Savelugu who polled 18, 946, representing 86.20 per cent to retain her seat, no other female candidate was successful in their bid in the rest of the 30 constituencies.

Apart from Alhaji Sumani, other seating MPs who lost in their attempt to retain their seats were the NDC candidate for Tolon, Abdul-Razak Umar, who was beaten by Wahab Wumbie of the NPP; Yagba/Kubori NDC MP Abdul-rauf Tanko Ibrahim who was dethroned by Ussif Mustapha and Kpandai’s Likpalimor Tawiah who was defeated by Mathew Nyindam of NPP.

The rest are Mohammed Habib Tijani who reclaimed the Yendi seat from Iddrisu Sulemana Ibun of the NPP. In Bunkpurugu, Solomon Boar humbled the incumbent, Duut Abdulai, while in Chereponi, Azumah Sanda deposed Samuel Abdulai Jabanyite of the NDC.

In Walewale, the hometown of the running mate to the Presidential candidate of the NPP, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP candidate, Sagre Bambangi, snatched the seat from the NDC.