NPP selects brother of the late Abu Kamara as the Yapei-Kusawgu Parliamentary candidate
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has selected the brother of the late parliamentary candidate for the Yapei-Kusawgu constituency in the Savanna region, Abu Kamara as a replacement to battle the parliamentary seat with the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) John Abudulai Jinapor in the 2020 elections.
According to a statement issued today in the Savannah Region, Iddrisu Salia Kamara, brother of the late aspirant was selected after the constituency executives of the party held series of meetings with its council of elders to appoint him as replacement.
The replacement comes four days after the elected parliamentary candidate lost his life in a gory accident last Friday night.
The statement revealed that the replacement is a trained teacher and was a financier of his brother’s campaign until his untimely demise.
Abu Mahama Abudu, also known as Abu Kamara, and his aide Kotochi Makers died in an accident at Dayotilipe near Tamale, while they were returning from a campaign event.
With 47 days ahead to elections, various political parties have been organising competitive elections to find new candidates to win Parliamentary seats for their parties.
However, the NPP has been forced to make two replacements at short notice due to tragedies that is taking away some key prominent personalities in the party.
The party earlier announced the widow of the Mfantseman MP, Ekow Kwansah Hayford, as his replacement.
Ophelia Hayford, a senior police officer, was selected by consensus after the party described her as the “backbone” of her husband’s campaign while the party has also selected Mr Kamara as the replacement of his brother.
Yapei-Kusawgu Parliamentary history
The Yapei- Kusawgu constituency is for several years has been the stronghold of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) held by the MP, John Abudulai Jinapor.
The Yapei-Kusawgu Constituency is one of the seven constituencies in the Savannah Region with the most populous constituency.
It had 62,313 registered voters in the recently held voter registration exercise as announced by the EC.
It is known as the industrial hub of the Savannah belt as it plays host to the Savanna Diamond Cement, Shea Butter Processing Factory, and the BOST Depot in Buipe.
It also has the Black Volta flowing through the community.
Since its creation in 1992, the Constituency has produced only two members of Parliament (MPs) and the NDC has always won the seat.
Alhaji Amadu Seidu is the first and longest MP to annex the seat in 1992.
He retained it for the NDC in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.
But in 2016, the six-term MP stepped down from contesting, thereby making way for the former Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor to take over.
He won over 62per cent of the valid votes cast and now will battle the race with the new selected candidate from the governing party.