By Cecil Mensah
The parliamentary candidate for Madina Constituency on the ticket of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, has climaxed his tour of mosques in the La-Nkwantang Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region, as part of his campaign to annex the 2016 parliamentary seat for the party in next year’s elections.
Speaking to this paper after attending last Friday prayers together with the members of his campaign team at the Atomic Junction Mosque in the Madina metropolis, Mr. Boniafce, said since he won the NPP primary to represent the party for the 2016 parliamentary elections, he had been able to tour all the 26 mosques in the Constituency.
He said, in the run-up to the NPP’s primary, he came to the mosque to seek the blessings of Allah to enable him win the primary and visiting the mosque again was to show appreciation to the leaders for their support and prayers during and after the competition.
He noted that, they were three other individuals who contested the primary with him, but he came first as results of their prayers during and after the competition.
He took the opportunity to call on the leaders of the mosque to offer same prayers for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), who are also going to the polls to elect parliamentary candidates for the 2016 parliamentary elections.
He said, anything untoward that may happen to the NDC during the primary, may have rippling effects on the organization of the parliamentary elections come November 7, 2016.
He said both the NPP and NDC have the Ghana as their mother so, anything that will arise out of the primary may affect both parties, hence his decision to call on the Moslem clerics to pray for both parties to surmount problems of disunity.
He urged all Moslems across the country to restrain themselves when they are provoked to safeguard the relative peace the country is enjoying.
According to him, Alhasssan and Fuseini are one people and it will be needless to fight because of differences in ideologies.
According to him, this is not how politics works because it is about agreeing to disagree on issues of national interest and agreeing on issues that will not better the lives of the people.
He noted that any time elections are coming; Muslim youth are engaged to do all manner of things like visiting violence on innocent people.
This, according to him, must stop as it falls short of the “Mission Madina “ idea, he intends using to govern his campaign.
He appealed to the members of the congregation to see politics as a mere contest of ideas, policies and not an avenue for inter- party fighting.
He said politics is not about personalities in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) but about how the lots of the electorate in the community can be made better.
He said the Zongo communities across country are lagging behind in terms of development as compared to other communities in the country, yet when people are wanted to engage in political violence, the youth in these communities are the first to be called upon.