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NDC Delegates Reject John Tia, Retain Alhaji Bolnaba.

Delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper East Region, last Saturday, retained their Regional Chairman, Alhaji Mumuni Bolnaba, at a regional delegates' conference.

Out of 507 votes cast, Alhaji Bolnaba polled 282 to beat Alhaji Akasum Osman Alem, who obtained 176, and Ghana's former Ambassador to Cuba and a former Member of Parliament for Talensi, John Akologo Tia, who could only manage 49.

The delegates also retained Donatus Akamugre as Regional Secretary, making him the longest regional secretary of any political party in Ghana.

He was first elected in 1996, and has been retaining his position till date. He polled 300 votes out of the 507 cast.

In his acceptance speech, Alhaji Bolnaba called on all members of the party, especially those who contested in the election, to put the past behind them and support in whatever way they could to ensure the party was well placed ahead the 2020 general elections.

Held at the Bolgatanga Polytechnic at Sumbrungu in the Bolgatanga Municipality, the election witnessed high attendance from former MPs and district chief executives in the erstwhile NDC administration.

From Wa, Musah Umar Farouq reports that the incumbent Upper West Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Mathew Song-Aabo (Matco), has been rejected by delegates in last Saturday's regional congress of the party.

Mr. Song-Aabo lost the chairmanship position to a businessman, Mr. Abdul-Nasir M. Saani, in a fairly contested poll. The incumbent chairman polled 81 votes as against 307 by Mr. Saani.

The secretary race was fiercely contested by a former Municipal Chief Executive for Jirapa, Mr. Dapilah Cletus Seidu, and Mr. Charles Lwaonga Puozing.

At the end of the polls, Puozing emerged the winner, polling 179 votes as against 178 by Dapilah Cletus Seidu.

In his victory speech, Mr Abdul-Nasir, popularly known as Bunas, pledged to unite the rank and file of the party for another victory, come 2020.

He urged all party members to support the new executives to deliver on their vision of recapturing all 11 seats in the parliamentary elections, come 2020.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Sep 6, 2018
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