Executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Zabzugu constituency of the northern region have described the opposition National Democratic Congress as bad losers in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary election.
The NPP at a news conference in Zabzugu on Wednesday (23 December, 2020) accused the Zabzugu NDC parliamentary candidate, Hon Alhassan Umar of exhibiting bad faith after he lost the seat to the NPP Jabaah John Bennam in the 7 December polls.
The Zabzugu NPP Secretary, Imoro Hudu who addressed the presser likened the refusal of the NDC lawmaker to accept defeat to that of the presidential candidate of the party, John Dramani Mahama and said this posture is synonymous to the NDC.
In the bid to substantiate this claim, Mr. Hudu provided the 2012 Electoral Commission (EC) Constituency Collation Summary Sheet on which the NDC candidate first failed to sign after he had lost the 2012 parliamentary election to the NPP Jabaah John Bennam in that contest.
Therefore, the NPP Scribe noted the National Democratic Congress must come out with their collated results as against the EC collated results and further urged them to avoid peddling falsehood to the entire world.
He also called on the leadership of the party to stop the defeat antics of creating a state of insecurity in the Zabzugu constituency.
The Zabzugu New Patriotic Party Executives questioned why the NDC would accept the results of the Savelugu parliamentary election which was declared in their favor at the EC Regional Office in Tamale but oppose that of the Zabzugu parliamentary results which was also declared at the same regional collation center but in favor of the NPP.
“The presidential results were also declared at the regional collation center but the NDC doesn’t seem to have problems with it, again the Savelugu parliamentary seat was also declared at the regional collation center without the NPP representation in favor of the NDC but the NDC seems to be comfortable with that one too; how different are those and what has changed in the case of the Zabzugu constituency?” he queried.
Meanwhile, the NPP recaptured the Zabzugu seat in the 2020 general election after the party narrowly lost it to the NDC in 2016.
The Returning Officer of the EC, Abubakari Fuseini declared the NPP candidate, Jabaah John Bennam as the MP elect for Zabzugu after the collation process had been completed at the EC office in Tamale.
The MP elect obtained 17, 580 votes against 14, 631 tallied votes secured by his contender of the NDC and incumbent MP for the area, Hon Alhassan Umar.
The decision to collate the remaining of the ballot boxes was prompted by EC officials when some violence ensued at the constituency collation.