COCOBOD To Sack Farouk Mahama After Yendi Victory

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Ghana Cocoa Board, will have to sack its Deputy Procurement Manager, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama, son of former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, following his election as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary candidate for the Yendi Constituency in the Northern Region.

Farouk, who had strangely been allowed to stay in public office to engage in partisan politics, last Saturday, won the contest with 244 votes as against 210 and 139 votes obtained by Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakaria, a Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Microfinance and Loans Centre (MASLOC) and Alhaji Baba Daney, a Chartered Accountant in the keenly contested primary.

But it is certain that, Farouk will have to relinquished his duties as Deputy Procurement Manager, as he laces his boots to campaign and canvass votes to win the Yendi seat, arguably one of the swing seats in the country. The Yendi Constituency was a safe seat for the NPP until 2008 when it was won by an independent candidate.

The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the Constituency, who is also the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Habib Tijani, recaptured the seat in 2012 before retaining it in 2016, but decided not to run again, paving way for the three aspirants to battle for the slot.

But it appears Farouk, will not be the only person to vacate his public office after winning last Saturday’s contest.

The likes of Michael Okyere Baafi, Chief Executive of the Ghana Free Zones Authority, John Kumah, Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan and Stephen Amoah, Chief Executive of MASLOC, will have to leave their offices after winning New Juaben South, Ejisu and Nhyiaeso constituencies, respectively.

The Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Education, Vincent Ekow Assafuah, who won the Old Tafo Constituency primaries to replace Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei in Parliament, will also have to vacate is office.

With total votes of 299, Vincent Ekow Assafuah, was able to beat his five other contenders.His closest contender, Dr. Louisa Serwaa Carole, had 133.

Michael Okyere Baafi’s success at New Juaben South Constituency, has been described as a landslide victory against incumbent MP, Mark Assibey-Yeboah. Mr Okyere Baafi polled 372 votes out of the total number of 572 votes cast. Incumbent MP, Dr. Assibey-Yeboah polled a total of 200 votes. A total of 10 voters did not turn up to vote. Several reasons led to Dr. Assibey-Yeboah loss, but chief among them is his poor human relation with delegates and constituents. Some also raised allegations that he was mostly absent in his Constituency and that created a big relationship gap between him and his constituents.

The MASLOC boss, Stephen Amoah, defeated Kennedy Kankam, the incumbent MP for Nhyiaeso in Kumasi.

Amoah won with 332 votes as against Kankam's 315 votes.

The CEO of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Sylvester Tetteh, who defeated the incumbent for the Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro Constituency in Greater Accra, Alhaji Habib Saad, might also have to vacate his office.

Mr Tetteh, won with 317 votes, while Alhaji Saad, had 178 votes.

The Bortianor-NgleshieAmanfro Constituency was created in 2012 and the NDC won the seat that year.

Alhaji Saad won the seat in the 2016 election.

Source: theheraldghana