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ASAWASE NDC BOILS AS ASIEDU NKETIAH SMASHES HOPES OF MUNTAKA MUBARAK RIVAL MASAWUDU MUBARICK

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The decision by the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress to clear Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, the Minority Chief Whip, and select him to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections on the party’s ticket unopposed, has sparked fire in the Garden City.

The decision by the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress to clear Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, the Minority Chief Whip, and select him to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections on the party’s ticket unopposed, has sparked fire in the Garden City.

 

Angry NDC supporters who are on the side of a fresh aspirant are threatening a “skirt and blouse” vote if the party fails to listen to them.

There are also reports that some NDC foot soldiers may support an independent candidate, even if that means the party’s votes will be split for the New Patriotic Party to sail through in this seat, a traditional NDC stronghold.

Hostility

Since the NDC lost the 2016 elections, the Ashanti Region has known little peace as the party’s branch, constituency and regional elections have turned bloody.

Feuding factions in the NDC have been at each other’s throat, culminating in open use of live ammunition. Party apparatchiks have died in the repeated violence and some have been badly injured. A handful of NDC vigilantes have been arrested while others have fled justice as the police continue investigations.

The latest event has again highlighted fears that the NDC may be turning Kumasi into a flashpoint before the 2020 general election.

Angered by what they see as discrimination and abuse of democratic processes, dozens of party delegates, constituency officers, aggrieved youth and ordinary supporters of the NDC yesterday stormed the party’s Ashanti regional office to express displeasure at the disqualification of Muntaka’s challenger for the seat, the youthful Masawudu Mubarick, a development management consultant.

Fear and panic

Resisting police attempts to restrain them, the marauding youngsters caused pandemonium in the regional capital, burning car tyres and other flammable material to show their displeasure at the decision.

They condemned the party’s decision to disqualify Mubarick “without any reason” in order to pave the way for the incumbent MP to run for the seat unopposed by anyone from within the NDC.

Young party supporters present at the Asawase party office at the time of filing this report told the Daily Statesman that there were no justifiable grounds for disqualification of their candidate.

Others insisted that the incumbent MP, Muntaka Mubarak, must be allowed to go unopposed.

Disqualified

Muntaka Mubarak was cleared by the FEC to contest the parliamentary election on behalf of the party unopposed.

A statement signed by Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, general secretary of the NDC, declared Masawudu Mubarick unfit to run against the incumbent MP.

The details of Masawudu’s disqualification remain unknown but portions of the statement suggested that the FEC “has adopted the Doe Adjaho Committee Report and has declared Mr Mubarick Masawudu disqualified to contest the Asawase constituency primaries for the 2020 elections.
“By this decision, Hon Muntaka Mubarak goes unopposed and for that matter stands elected as the parliamentary candidate for the Asawase constituency,” the statement said.

Asawase is one of five constituencies where the NDC parliamentary primaries were put on hold.

Primaries were held for the other four seats last month; Asawase remained outstanding because of the high tension in this largely zongo community.

Still hoping

On Wednesday Mr Mubarick’s residence was filled with party supporters who were there to support him despite his disqualification.

However, he has declined to comment on the matter for now.

His supporters say they will continue to hold protest actions until the NDC reverses its decision.