Member of Parliament of Gushegu Constituency in the Northern Region, Hassan Tampuli has said that it will be a shame on the five regions of the north if Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia fails to secure the maximum support and votes in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) upcoming primaries.
In a video sighted by justicefmonline.com, Mr Tampuli is seen vigorously campaigning for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to become the party’s first Presidential Candidate to come from Northern Ghana.
The Gushegu MP believes Dr Bawumia’s candidacy will be the best bet for the NPP to break the country’s traditional 8-year cycle in which the two major political parties govern the country.
In the video, the MP addresses a crowd, saying that with the kind of support the Vice President had in the Ashanti Region during the NPP’s National Delegates’ Conference, it will be disappointing if he does not get support from his home regions.
The five regions of the north, namely the Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper East and Upper West regions have produced only two Heads of State since the West African country attained independence in 1957.
The first was Dr Hilla Limann who won the 1979 General Elections on the ticket of the People’s National Party (PNP) but was overthrown by the late Jerry John Rawlings of the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) in 1981.
He hailed from the Upper West Region.
The second ‘Northerner’ to lead the country was John Dramani Mahama who became president after the demise of President Atta Mills in July 2012, before winning the Presidential Election later in December that same year on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He hailed from Damongo in then Northern Region, now Savannah Region.
The NPP is yet to produce a Northern President, the closest from the party to have come close was the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama who was the Vice President from 2000-2008.
He however lost the party’s primaries in an election that saw 16 others contest him.
The NPP’s political opponents have in the past described it as anti-Northerners, a tag many in the party who support Dr Mahamudu Bawumia now say they want to break.
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