The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central and former Minister for Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini failed to pick nomination forms to contest in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary primaries.
At the close of nominations on Friday, July 12, 2019, three persons had picked forms to contest in the primaries for the Tamale Central constituency.
They are Ibrahim M. Murtala, Hanan Gundadow, and Alhaji Alhassan Adam.
Inusah Fuseini, who is one of the vocal members of the NDC in Parliament became a Member of Parliament through a by-election in 2006 after the then incumbent, Wayo Seini defected from the NDC to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This triggered a by-election in the Tamale Central constituency on April 4, 2006 which Inusah Fuseini won.
He successfully held his seat in 2008 with 66% of the votes cast and retained the seat in 2012 with 61% and in 2016 with 60% of votes cast.
He would have held the seat for 14 years by the time he exits parliament.
Although his decision not to contest in the upcoming polls may surprise many, the trained lawyer had hinted months earlier of his decision to bow out of the parliament.
The former Roads and Highways Minister said he wanted to give a new person the chance to serve the people of Tamale Central.
He also said he wanted to commit fully to the 2020 presidential campaign of John Mahama.
He told party supporters in Tamale in May 2019 that “Even though I won’t contest the 2020 elections, I will still contribute my part to bring back the party to power in 2020,” he pledged.
Another notable development in the Northern Region concerning the primaries is the minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, contesting unopposed in the Tamale South constituency.
This will make it the fourth time he is contesting the the Tamale South seat without competition since 2004.
Also the Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu constituency, Alhaji ABA Fuseini will be in the race with two other contestants, Yakubu M. Ahmed and Fuseini Shammudeen
In all 62 candidates have picked forms to contest in 17 out of the 18 constituencies in the northern region as nominations for Kpandai have been put on hold
Below is the list: