CPP’s Yahaya to lobby for investments for Kumbungu

Newly-elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kumbungu Constituency Moses Amadu Yahaya admits that lobbying is his strength and he will capitalize on that to draw more investors into the constituency.

“I have been lobbying for many years so I don’t think it will be a problem for me,” the Convention People’s Party (CPP) MP told our correspondent in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

Talking about his victory, Mr Yahaya noted that it came as a shock to everybody since little chance was given to a candidate of the CPP.

“It has been a great victory and everyone is pleased about that. It has shocked the whole world because no one gave us a dog’s chance to annex this seat,” he told Edward Kwabi.

He observed that he will fight to get boreholes drilled for communities in the constituency.

“Then [I will ensure] construction of schools and then provision of potable water to the communities especially pipe-borne water,” he said.

“But what I will do is continue the work I am doing and adding more vim to this work,” he added.

He also promised not to let going into Parliament late affect his commitment to work for constituents.

“You will be surprised that at the end of my tenure in the next three years you will see what Moses has done in Kumbungu.”

Mr Yahaya polled 13,029 votes to beat closest contender Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu in a by-election held April 30, 2013.



CPP wins Kumbungu by-election

Candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the Kumbungu by-election held on Tuesday, Moses Amadu Yahaya, emerged victorious.

The by-election was instanced by the abdication of the seat by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who was appointed earlier this year to serve as the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

Yahaya, 61, polled 13,029 votes to beat favourite Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Alhaji Kakpagu polled 11,896 votes out of a total of 39,478 registered voters in the Constituency.

A third candidate, Ahmed Nasiru Mohammed, represented the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). He polled 228 votes to come third.

Rejected ballots numbered 634.

Voter turn-out was 55 per cent.



PPP, CPP to run in Kumbungu by-election

Though the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has indicated it will not contest for the Kumbungu Constiuency by-election, other opposition parties have expressed preparedness to contest for the seat abdicated by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni after his appointment as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) says its constituency executives have resolved to run in the April 30 by-elections.

“Our constituency executives are prepared and they have resolved to run,” said Nii Armah Akomfrah, the Party’s Communications Director.

“Our regional executives have similarly resolved to back the candidate and they are in discussion with our national leadership and it is likely we will be running,” he added.

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) cited the current labour unrests in the country as what constituents will be considering in voting for the Party.

“The feedback we are getting from them indicates that the place looks very bright even though traditionally it has been an NDC seat,” said Paa Kow Ackon, Deputy National Secretary of the Party.

“We are very hopeful especially with the current tension which is brewing in the country that the people will look at the current stalemate and give PPP the chance.”

The National Organiser of the People’s National Convention, Emmanuel Wilson, stated that the national executive of the party is preparing to get to the region to provide its support “to make sure the seat over there goes to the PNC”.

Candidates have been asked to file nominations on April 16 and April 17 prior to the by-elections.



NDC elects Alhaji Imoro Yakubu as candidate for Kumbungu by-election

The incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) has elected a former Member of Parliament (MP), Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu, as candidate for the April 30 by-election to be held in the Kumbungu Constituency.

Alhaji Kakpagu polled 170 votes to win the primaries held over the weekend.

Alhaji Kakpagu’s votes were 86 more than his closest contender Dr Jacob Yakubu Mahama while Abubakari Mohammed and Hamza Adam Abdulai polled 14 and 12 votes respectively. Baba Ibrahim came last with nine votes.

The Kumbungu seat became vacant after it was abdicated by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who took up a new appointment as the Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

Meanwhile, sources close to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) say the party will boycott the by-elections just like it did regarding the Akatsi South and Buem by-elections as a result of the petition some members of the party’s leadership has filed at the Supreme Court regarding results of the 2012 Elections



Kumbungu by-election set for April 30

The Electoral Commission (EC) has set Tuesday, April 30, 2013 as date to hold a by-election in Kumbungu Constituency after Member of Parliament Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni abdicated the seat.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was endorsed by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) early in the year to serve the unexpired term of Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

In a statement released on Wednesday, the EC announced that it will take nominations for the by-elections on April 16/17 at its district office in Kumbungu, adding that nomination forms can also be obtained from its regional office in Tamale.

Filing fee is GH¢1,000 while candidates have been asked to provide two recent photographs (bust) with red background on the submission of their nomination forms.

The by-election will be the third to be held after the 2012 Elections.

The by-elections will be held in accordance with Article 112(5) of the 1992 Constitution as amended by Section 3 of Act 527.




Kumbungu by-election today

Electorates in the Kumbungu Constituency in the Northern Region have started casting their ballots in a by-election to replace Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who abdicated his seat early this year.

He was appointed to serve as Secretary General for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

The by-election is the third to be held by the Electoral Commission (EC) after the 2012 General Elections and Mr David Kanyi told journalists on Monday that all is set for a smooth by-election.

The major opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) refused to field a candidate, after having accused the EC of malpractice in the General Elections.

As a result, Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate in Tuesday’s by-elections, is tipped to win though candidates of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) are expected to give him a good run for his money.