Naa Andani Alhassan, Chief of Pishegu Traditional Area

In spite of the poor show in last Friday’s Council of State elections in Tamale, the former Chief Executive of Stanbic Ghana, Naa Andani Alhassan is unperturbed and has vowed to give his best to the society and also perform his customary obligation as the traditional ruler of the Pishegu community.

The long standing Banker was one among four candidates who aspired to become the representative of northern region at the Council of State but displayed abysmal performance to shock well-wishers who tipped him to the slot.

He managed only eight (8) votes out of total valid votes cast of 32 as the closest contender to the winner, a retired military officer and a traditional leader, Zunglana Col (Rtd) Mahamoud Tahiru, who pulled 23 votes.

The former National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak got zero votes but the other contesting candidate managed to secure just one vote declared by the Regional Director of the Electoral Commission on Friday, 12 February, 2021.    

Nonetheless, Naa Andani in a media interaction told Journalists that he wasn’t disappointed at the outcome of the polls.

In his view, the delegates had chosen a worthy candidate to represent the northern region at the Council.

He intimated further that, “the delegates based on the information they’ve received and whatever at the considerations, elected a worthy representative for the northern region to the Council of State and I want to pledge my support and continue my support for the development of the region”

“I am not disappointed, I am a servant of the people and I will continue to find very useful ways to continue to serve the people, so I am not disappointed” he stressed.

However, Naa Andani raised concerns about the level of political party involvement in such apolitical activity enshrined in the 1992 constitution of Ghana and further condemned what he described as the militarization of police personnel at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) which was designated has been used as the election center for some time now.  

“I thought it was a simple civil process involving only 32 delegates, so I didn’t understand the political representation and military presence so I thought I needed to make a point and to tell the delegates that they were being tasked to make a very important decision and I believe they have made that decision” he explained.

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