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NPP Primaries: Tangoba gives Adda a run for his money.

NAVRONGO CENTRAL Constituency in the Upper East Region is certainly a place to watch on Saturday, as incumbent Member of Parliament and Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda and Regional Minister, TangobaAbayage would battle it out for the mandate of delegates in a keenly contested parliamentary primary to lead the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) into the December general elections.

The governing NPP has fixed Saturday June 20, 2020 for constituencies where the party has sitting MPs to elect their Parliamentary Candidates.

In the Upper East Region, there are 15 constituencies. Out of the number, the NPP has only three seats - Navrongo Central, Zebilla and Tempane. But of all the three, the Navrongo Central Constituency is said to be the hot-spot in Saturday's internal election.

The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Joseph Kofi Adda, who is the Minister for Aviation, before his return to parliament in 2016 lost the seat to Mark Woyongo of the NDC in the 2012 general elections.

As he seeks another term, Mr. Adda is facing keen competition from the Upper East Regional Minister and Ghana's former Ambassador to Italy, Ambassador Tangoba Abayage.

Both candidates have been staunch members of the NPP for many years.

The reason which makes the contest keen is the fact that, the Regional Minister, since the beginning of the campaign has given the incumbent MP a good run for his money.

While serving as an Ambassador, Ambassador Tangoba undertook series of development in the area, including the renovation of children's ward at the War Memorial Hospital in Navrongo. Before she announced her interest to contest, she had also drilled boreholes in a number of communities that otherwise did not have water, renovated some school blocks and provide dual desks to a number of basic schools in the constituency.

These are some of the achievements 'The Lioness' is leveraging on to unseat the incumbent MP, but the battle would not be easy for both of them, as delegates seemed to have been divided.

Ambassador Tangoba is the first female Regional Minister for Upper East and also the first woman to ever contest in the NPP primaries in the Navrongo constituency.

For some delegates, this is what has won their hearts but for others she is 'stranger' and should they elect her, the NDC could snatch the seat from the NPP.

Ahead of Saturday's primaries, one could mistake the political atmosphere in the constituency for a general election as campaign activities have electrified the whole constituency.

Some of the delegates (names withheld) spoke to this reporter on the chances of their preferred candidates.

A pro-Ada delegate said: 'Hon. Kofi Adda is bringing a lot of developmental projects to this place and you can name them. He has been tried and tested, a household name that needs no introduction. As for Navrongo here, Hon. Kofi Adda is the only person we can trust.'

Another delegate supporting Tangoba said: 'I have known her [Tangoba] for many years; and we support her because of her hard work, her courage and commitment to the people in this constituency. See what she is doing so far for the people in Navrongo constituency. Her achievement even as a non- MP is almost equal to that of the one who is the sitting MP. Many of us appreciate her commitment and we are going to vote for her to represent us in parliament.'

The incumbent MP has championed his achievements and stated that he had laid a good foundation that will facilitate speedy development of the area in his next tenure of office.

According to him, Navrongo constituency will witness massive development that will transform Navrongo to a modern city.

Ambassador Tangoba on the other hand is assuring the constituents that she has what it takes to bring the needed development to the area.

The Regional Minister, who seems to have had series of fruitful engagements with the delegates across the constituency, said she will do everything within her power to ensure unity at the constituency and regional levels, which in her view will make the NPP an unbeatable force in the 2020 general elections.

The fate of the two giants would be decided on Saturday June 20, 2020 by some 597 delegates from 35 electoral areas of the constituency.

Meanwhile, Deputy Regional Minister, Frank Fuseini Adongo and Dr John Kingsley Krugu are the two contestants for the Zebilla Constituency.

However, Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice and incumbent MP for Tempane, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, will go unopposed.
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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Jun 25, 2020
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