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Azorka threatens court action against losers in party’s primaries should they run as independents


The Northern Regional Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Chief Awudu Sofo Azorka has issued a stern warning to all parliamentary aspirants not to even think of running as independent candidates were they to lose the party’s parliamentary primaries.

Chief Azorka flanked by the Northern regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru Limuna and some regional executives  told the 120 parliamentary aspirants at a meeting on the impending primaries that he will drag any aspirant to court if they try to go independent or make attempts to denigrate the winner. Azorka issued the warning after rumors began circulating that some aspirants were contemplating going the independent route were they to lose their primaries.

He also charged all aspirants to put the NDC’s interests above theirs. The NDC, the chairman said,  is going back to the grassroots and cautioned MPs who double as ministers to begin to recognise this for their own interests. “You can’t influence delegates any more with money because they are many,” he said. Chief Azorka also cautioned the young ones who are in the race to be mindful of their comments on air because their comments will haunt them after they have won.

On the 2016 elections, Chief Azorka pledged his commitment to ensuring peace in the region adding that violence does not win elections.

Chief Azoka said he is working hard to convince more NPP members to cross over and give the NDC a resounding victory. According to Chairman Azoka his outfit main target is recapturing all the ten seats the party lost in the last election.

Out of the 120 parliamentary aspirants who filed their nominations, only four are women; they are Hajia Azara Mahamadu, DCE for Chereponi- Hajia Mary Nakobu, and incumbent MP for Savelugu constituency, Hajia Salifu Mary Boforo and Dubai Consul General, Hajia Gariba Boya.

But Chairman Azoka says NDC has more than qualified women but traditions in the north are the barrier. He explained that some husbands who are not politicians will not allow their spouses to run for political office.

Conspicuously missing were the two cabinent ministers; Roads and Highway minister, Alahji Inusah Fuseini (MP Tamale Central) and Employment and Labour Relations minister Haruna Iddrisu(Tamale South MP).



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