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CPP takes over Kumbungu seat


A 61-year old development worker, Amadu Moses Yahaya has been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Kumbungu   constituency on the ticket of the convention people’s party (CPP).

 He polled 13, 029 representing 51. 80 percent to beat his closest contender, Alhaji  Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)  who had 11,896 representing 47.29.

Ahmed Mansuru Mohammed of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) polled 228 representing 0.91 percent. Out of the 46,861 people who registered, a total of 25,786 cast their votes with 25,153 as valid votes cast. 

Voter apathy in the constituency which has set in the constituency since the seat became vacant has led to low turn-out of 55 percent.

The Kumbungu seat became vacant after ECOWAS’ endorsement of the NDC Member of Parliament Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni as secretary general of Africa Carribean Pacific (ACP) group of states.

 The MP elect for Kumbungu who spoke to Zaa News shortly after the EC declared him winner said his victory would rejuvenate and revitalized the CPP electoral fortunes in the subsequent elections in Ghana.

The ruling national democratic congress blames their defeat on complacencies and promise to wrestle from the CPP come 2016 general elections.

The first vice national chairman of the NDC, Alhaji Hudu Yahaya told reporters at the coalition center in Kumbungu that, the contest was a good one and that the party has learned lessons from the Kumbungu by-election. Alhaji Hudu Yahaya added that, they (NDC) will go back to drawning board and re-strategized for subsequent elections.  Alhaji Hudu Yahaya, said the NDC will go back and prepare well for 2016 general elections.

Moses Amadu Yahaya role  before becoming Kumbungu MP

Hon. Yahaya worked as a development worker for the Tolon-Kumbungu District of the Northern Region. From 1996 to 2006, he worked with the international Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Ghanaian Danish Community Programme as a development officer.

After his contract with DANIDA ended he worked with Kings Village, another international NGO which helped in the areas of community education and health. He worked to improve the quality of life of the people in the district till he appointed acting country Director of the NGO till his election as MP. Many residents in the communities within the then Tolon/Kumbungu district described him as affable, caring and development result oriented person.   

Moses Yahaya's relationships with the British Army with assistance from the UK based organization 58AI aided him to drill 67 boreholes for 32 communities in the Tolon-Kumbungu District. He lobbied for 136 boreholes for the 116 communities in the Kumbungu area and connected 7 communities with pipe borne water. He secured loans for women groups to help them to develop self help financial activities.

While he was working with DANIDA, Hon. Yahaya had firsthand experience concerning the plight of the people of his district. He then developed the interest in politics which he believed would aid him to effectively affect the people’s life positively. He served as the Assemblyman for one of the communities in the Kumbungu constituency.



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