Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, National Chairman aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has urged delegates to go beyond regional and ethnic considerations and elect competent candidates to lead the party to victory in the 2020 general election.
“Electing people based on their competences rather than regional balance and or tribal affiliations will help strengthen the party which is also good for the country,” he noted.
Alhaji Yahaya was speaking to journalists in Tamale on Friday as part of his campaign tour of the Northern Region.
His comment was a reaction to statements it will not be politically wise to elect him, who is from the Northern Region as National Chairman of the NDC considering former President John Mahama, who is also from the Northern Region, is highly tipped to emerge flagbearer of the NDC for the 2020 presidential election.
“The national delegates’ congress of the NDC to be held later this month to elect national executives is a competitive election and candidates must be elected on merit to effectively steer the affairs of the party for victory in the 2020 elections.
“As a party, we need to put forward competent people to manage the country’s abundant natural resources to develop the country and create jobs and wealth for the youth, my campaign message focuses on the need for unity, commitment to the values, principles, need for delegates to look for competence in all the positions and vote accordingly in the interest of the party.
“I have been commitment to the values, principles, resolute for the party and I call on delegates to also look for commitment to the party and elect same because my administration, acting on the constitution of the NDC, will deepen integrity, unity, ensure executives operated efficiently, empower party members, strengthen discipline and deepen party deliberations through regular national congresses.
“Based on the expressions of the citizenry, the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has disappointed them and an NDC government will salvage the situation with competent leadership in 2020 and beyond,” Alhaji Yahaya assured.