Special Aide to the Northern Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party NPP, Alhaji Rabiu released a statement distancing the office of the chairman from billboards and posters at some vantage points in Tamale, saying the chairman, Mohammed Bantima Samba should go unopposed.
His statement was necessitated by condemnation by a section of the society calling for the removable of such materials, adding that it was unhealthy for internal democracy of the NPP.
According to the aide, the NPP chairman is a beneficiary of competition, where he contested against a sitting chairman and defeated him, hence, he is ever ready for competition and will not stoop so low to support such move.
He however was quick to add that there have been calls across the length and breath of the party to support base for Mr. Samba to go unopposed, due to the sterling performance of his team in the last elections that saw the party’s votes increases, winning some seats that were seemed as no-go area for the NPP.
Read full statement below:
IGNORE POSTERS AND BANNERS OF CHAIRMAN SAMBA GOING UNOPPOSED.
Lately, there have been some posters and banners at some vantage areas in Tamale declaring that Chairman Samba, the indomitable NPP northern regional chairman should go unopposed for his sterling performance over the last four years.
The Office of Chairman Samba will like to state unequivocally that much as we appreciate the support of the people yearning for the continuation of Chairman Samba especially unopposed, we reject the calls for him to go uncontested or unopposed.
Chairman Samba is a man that believes in competition. He contested against a sitting regional chairman and won with a landslide. Such a man who benefitted from healthy competition cannot and will not endorse the calls for him to go unopposed, even if the calls are well intended.
A man that has made NPP the party of choice in the region which culminated in the very good performance of the party in the last elections in the region.
He has fulfilled almost all of his 2014 campaign promises, including doing things which he never even promised.
A Chairman that has secured thousands of jobs for the teeming youth of the party,
aided some notable groups to get contracts,
Rented and furnished an ultra modern regional party office for temporary use whilst he acquired a land to be built permanently.
aided in constructions of some other constituency offices across the region.
Chairman Samba has served with integrity and humility.
He has been one of the most dominant and ever-present regional chairmen in the country. He’s among the few regional chairmen who attend social functions of party footsoldiers and functionaries as well as support them financially. He wants to be judged by these aforementioned through contest.
We want to state categorically that the calls for Chairman Samba to go unopposed are alien to NPP and very undemocratic. We therefore want to appeal to those behind the calls to cease from doing that and rather channel their support for Chairman Samba towards convincing the delegates of the party to retain him in office to continue with his wonderful works. We will welcome healthy competition from anyone who wishes to contest chairman Samba in the next regional delegates conference. The works of Chairman Samba will speak for him and victory is assured.
We hope that by this statement, all the speculations about Chairman Samba going unopposed will be put to rest.
Aide to Chairman Samba.