Source:savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
A former NPP Tamale North parliamentary candidate, Mr. Akilu Sayibu said he will not be putting his bid to contest the upcoming NPP primaries to stand as an MP for the 2020 elections.
There are been several ‘huge’ calls from the party hierarchy and the people of Tamale North constituency for the former Deputy CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Agency (GEPA), to contest the Tamale North NPP primaries to lead the party in the 2020 elections.
Mr. Akilu Sayibu contested the Tamale North seat in the 2012 elections but loss to an Independent Candidate, Mr. Alhassan Dahamani. Despite his defeat, the former journalist of the Statesman newspaper remains a political force in the constituency as his contribution towards the development of the constituency has always been felt. He has supported many youth in the constituency both in academia and entrepreneurship and has inspires a lot of youth irrespective of their political and religious background.
It is however not why a strong confidant of the NPP National Chairman, Mr. Freddy Blay refused to contest the primaries despite several appeals from the constituents.
In a Press Release copied to the Savannanews24.com, Mr. Akilu Sayibu said, “Over the past six months, I have read statements, seen posters of mine and in some cases, answered questions directly about the future of my Parliamentary ambition in the Tamale North constituency in the Northern Region of Ghana”.
Read the full text below:
I WILL NOT BE CONTESTING AS AN MP IN 2020
Over the past six months, I have read statements, seen posters of mine and in some cases, answered questions directly about the future of my Parliamentary ambition in the Tamale North constituency in the Northern Region of Ghana.
There is every justification for all these advocates including calls from the very best of my admirers and also my best friends to contest again.
I have always had a Parliamentary ambition and that was why I presented myself for elections in 2012 when my party, the NPP, was in opposition.
The ambition to serve the people of Tamale North either as an MP or in any other capacity still lives.
The only difference on this occasion is that, that ambition to contest as an MP is deferred to the future while supporting any candidate who would be elected by the good delegates of our Tamale North constituency towards election 2020.
Any elected candidate would receive my unalloyed support in kind and in cash.
I am fully aware of the generosity of the many friends who raised funds and other logistics in readiness to pay my filing fee and to support in other ways.
This singular show of confidence and trust in me is one gesture that has touched my heart to the core.
I am deeply sorry that I have to let you guys down on this occasion but do bear with me as we keep hope alive and continue to pray for good health, long life and the very best of tomorrow.
Thanks from deepest down my heart.
I love you all.