Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the northern region has said aspirants contesting in the nine outstanding constituencies risk disqualification if their personal conduct or those of their sympathizers on social media are found to be contrary to the guidelines stipulated by the party for the impending parliamentary primaries.
Alhaji Sibdow Alhassan Yakubu noted this is an internal contest therefore the candidates and their supporters must be guided by the constitution of the party.
He warned that, anyone who fails to promote unity and cohesion in the NPP will not be spared.
Alhaji Yakubu added there are relevant provisions in the constitution of the NPP to deal decisively with people who engage in impunity that would damage the party and affect its fortunes.
Speaking on Tamale based Zaa Radio 99.3MHZ monitored by thecustodianghonline.com, Alhaji SAY as he is popularly called said the campaigns of all aspirants are being monitored by the party and sounded that no individual is bigger than the NPP.
“Punitive sanctions will be taken against you the candidate if your conduct or any of your sympathizers on social media is found to be flouting the regulations of the party”
“You are NPP because of the symbol; you will not be NPP without the symbol so therefore your conduct must conform to the party’s ideologies and laws guiding party members”
“We want to maintain the peace and unity of the party after the primaries, therefore, I am appealing to them to refrain from attacking their contenders in the race”, he advised.
The comments of the NPP Chief Scribe come at the back of recent social media warfare between two of the three aspiring candidates in the Yendi constituency.
Social media especially WhatsApp groups where supporters of Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama and Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama exchange slanderous messages.
Some political watchers have wondered how the NPP will manage its internal wrangling post the parliamentary primaries in the Yendi, a constituency which is obviously a traditional seat for the party.
However, similar internal altercations in the past caused the NPP the seat in 2008 when they lost to the NDC.