A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti region; Joseph Yammin has condemned the manner in which a contender of the incumbent MP for Asawase has been prevented from filing his nomination to contest the party’s primaries.
A 35 year-old development consultant; Masawudu Mubarick was denied the opportunity of filing his nomination forms during later last week to contest Asawase MP; Muntaka Mubarak in the NDC’s Parliamentary primaries. The Ashanti regional office of the party was locked when he went to submit his forms.
Mr. Yammin however believes the current happenings will bring fresh cracks and deepen existing cracks in the party within the Ashanti region as some people will feel unfairly treated.
In an exclusive interview with Bernard Buachi of www.rawgist.com, Joseph Yammin said what happened is undemocratic and may generate apathy and affect the party’s fortunes in the forthcoming elections if not well managed.
“Better ways should be found to address issues instead of muscles. All is not well” he observed.
He rubbished the suggestion that the party may be trying to protect specific seats of interest saying the best way to protect seats is to allow the process to work and allow the people to make their choice. He called on the party’s leadership to deal swiftly with the situation as he fears it may not only affect parliamentary elections but also the presidential elections negatively for the NDC.
He appealed to the various constituencies to elect candidates that are marketable, likeable in order to help the party win at least 30 per cent of Presidential votes and 10 Parliamentary seats.
Many supporters of Masawudu Mubarick are unhappy with the unfair treatment of their candidate and are expecting the leadership of the party to announce step in to rectify the injustice meted out to their candidate.
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