Politics of Sun, 2 Sep 20180
Saani wins Upper West regional NDC chair
Abdul Nashir Saani has snatched the position as Upper West chairman of the NDC, and he says he will ensure that the party wins the 2020 general elections. He clinched the seat by 307 votes and won against the incumbent chairman, Mathew Sung-Aabu, who trailed behind with 81 votes.
Addressing party supporters shortly after the elections, Saani vowed to reclaim the five seats the NDC lost to the NPP in the 2016 elections. He is calling on party members to unite for a 2020 win, according to Joy News’ Upper West correspondent, Rafiq Salam, who reported from Wa.
Meanwhile, Sung-Aabu has blamed his loss on the party’s slump performance in the last election.
Apart from the gargantuan reduction in percentage of presidential votes, the NDC’s succession of five parliamentary seats to the NPP has left an ignominious stain on the party.
The position of the of regional secretary was contested by four, including incumbent Dominic Zineyel. Lawyer Charles Puozuing had his parliamentary election in the Jirapa constituency flamed out by Cletus Seidu Dapilaa who was then-DCE and protégé of the current member of parliament for Jirapa.
Puozuing piped his old adversary by a single vote: 179 against 178. The party's communication and the regional organizers' offices will be manned by new faces, Prosper Puo-ire and Issahaku Nuhu Putiah.
Madam Cecilia Salamatu Hamza, Nichodemus Dery and Alhaji Issah Nura Danwaana retained their positions of regional women's organizer, regional youth organizer and deputy regional secretary, respectively.