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
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.
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.
it appears Farouk, will not be the only person to vacate his public office
after winning last Saturday’s contest.
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.
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.
total votes of 299, Vincent Ekow Assafuah, was able to beat his five other
contenders.His closest contender, Dr. Louisa Serwaa Carole, had 133.
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
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.
Bortianor-NgleshieAmanfro Constituency was created in 2012 and the NDC won the
seat that year.
Alhaji Saad won the
seat in the 2016 election.