Members of the Bimbilla constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have publicly endorsed Dominic Nitiwul, the Minister of Defence, as their parliamentary candidate.
Nitiwul emerged as the sole competitor for the parliamentary election when the NPP’s National Executive Committee disqualified another candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Zaruk.
Dominic Nitiwul expressed confidence in retaining his seat during his acceptance speech. He invited constituency executives, former MPs, former Ministers, and party members to unify in working for the party’s goal of collecting over 50,000 votes.
“We have 86,000 registered voters. In the last elections, I got 40,023 votes, but it means nothing because every voter will decide who to vote for on December 7. All of us have to work like we have never worked before to get every vote.
“Whether you are a chairman, secretary, youth organizer, women organizer, or hold any position in this party, including former MCEs, former MPs, former Ministers, or former DCEs, we must put our working gears on to ensure that we deliver the over 50,000 votes the party is looking for.”
Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Zaruk, the rejected contender, urged party members to remain calm following his dismissal.
Despite his disagreement with the outcome, Zaruk asked his followers to respect the National Executive Council’s decision.
Addressing NPP supporters in Bimbila, Zaruk stated, “I urge my people to be patient with the decision of the National Executive Council. The disqualification has been bitter for all of us, but we must be patient. Additionally, I appeal for patience in all party matters.”
Furthermore, Zaruk claimed that the current NPP MP, who is also the Defence Minister, and his colleagues arranged his disqualification, raising questions about the motivations behind the decision.