Residents of kalpohini in the Tamale North constituency are threatening to vote out their Member of Parliament (MP), Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini for what they say is a deliberate neglect and refusal by him to attend to their needs.
The residents accused the MP of complete denial to electricity, good roads, drainage systems among others. They have therefore promised to rally behind the former MP, Alhassan Dahamani come 2020 general elections to continue the good works he was doing for the community.
The community gets flooded anytime it rains due to poor drainage and bad road networks. Kapohini electoral area is one of the areas in the Tamale North constituency which lacks good roads, electricity among other social amenities.
According to the residents, it’s impossible to get out or even access some roads and houses anytime it rains hence their decision to vote against the sitting MP.
The residents who have since been engaged in some communal works to mitigate the flood threatened not to vote for Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini again in the next general election.
‘’We voted for you to represent us in parliament but you decided to neglect us and your concentration is on your family alone for that matter we the residents do not need you again and we will all vote against you in 2020", they fumed.
They made this known to Zaa news when the former Member of Parliament, Alhassan Dahamani visited the community to access the level of damage caused by a torrential rain that hit the region two days ago.
Several houses were flooded forcing them to relocate to stay with their relatives elsewhere. The residents say expectant mothers have had their pregnancies terminated prematurely after using rods linking the community to the main business center in the Tamale Metropolis.
‘’Anytime it rains we usually find it difficult to access our roads and our houses get flooded, properties destroyed. Our wives are losing their pregnancies to the road, we really want the MP to come to our aid", they appealed.
Mr Alhassan Dahamani after listening to the plight of the residents promised to continue from where he stopped before he was defeated in 2016 by NDC’s candidate, Alhassan Suhiyini.
He said the issue of electricity, bad roads and poor drainage systems will be a thing of the past if he is voted back to power again.
‘’Unfortunately for us, I was removed from office by the current MP and the care is not there, the will is not there and we think that this time around we should come together and work together’’, he said.
Mr. Dahamani also visited Fuo as well as Gumani to ascertain the damage caused in those areas for redress.
Efforts made to speak to the incumbent MP, Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini could not yield any positive results.
Mr Alhassan Dahamani prior to the 2012 general elections aspired as parliamentary candidate on the ticket of the then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) but was disqualified ahead of the constituency primaries over unknown reasons.
Subsequently, he entered the race as an independent candidate and beat the late Alhaji Abubakari Sumani, who had served the people for 12 years.
He lost the seat in 2016 to Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini who is now the MP for Tamale North and is seeking a re-election after successfully going through the parliamentary primaries of the NPP.
BY:LILIAN D. WALTER