Credible information reaching us suggest that four Constituencies are after the former Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Salaga Constituency in the John Agyekum Kufour ‘s administration to represent them in Parliament.
This come on the heels of an indication that he was not going to contest for Salaga seat in the Northern Region.
The four Constituencies are; Asawasi in the Ashanti, Biokoye in the Volta, Adentan and Madina in the Greater Accra Regions.
The Herald hounds, can report that some New Patriotic Party (NPP) executives are falling over each other, pushing the former affable MP to contest on their
Constituency ticket for the 2016 Parliamentary elections.
The Herald can report that the decision for the executives to make overtures to the former MP to contest on their Constituency ticket stem from the fact that, he had decided not to contest the 2016 parliamentary election on the ticket of Salaga Constituency.
In January, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, held a meeting at the party’s office in Salaga, the ancient slave city of the Northern region and in attendance at the said meeting were elders, patrons, founding fathers and the Constituency executives, excluding the current Constituency Chairman.
The meeting, according to sources was chaired by the Vice Chairman, Alhaji Ussif Alabi.
At the said meeting, this paper learnt that the former MP with a heavy heart informed them that he was not interested in contesting the Salaga seat.
At the meeting, he tasked the executives to start searching for a formidable candidate who can wrestle the seat from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The decision this paper learnt, did not go down well with the executives gathered at the meeting, but it later came to the fore that, the man has made his decision and there was no way he could be convinced to eat back his words.
However, some NPP executives, are elated over Salaga ‘ s loss and are yearning for Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface to contest on the ticket of the above mentioned Constituencies.
The two time MP, who rose through the ranks starting as a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry to a Cabinet Minister of Works and Housing after serving as the Northern Regional Minister and later the Minister for Manpower, Employment and Development in the first and second term of the NPP.
This paper can further report that the NPP executives in the Biokoye are also lobbying the former MP to contest as a Guan and of Gonja descent, claiming he has root in the Constituency.
According to them, the former MP, calls the former National Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress, Dr Kwabena Adjei ,as a distant uncle.
In Ashanti region this paper learnt that the MP in his days as a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology (KNUST) was active in the activities of the Zongo areas in the Kumasi metropolis.
The executives of the Madina Constituency, are also contending that Alhaji Boniface as he is affectionately called, has lived in the area and has properties with his wife Hajia Rabi, who operates a supermarket in the area, so he stand a better chance of contesting as per the Electoral Commission’s rules governing elections, one of the Executive contend.
Interestingly, the Executives of Adentan, are also claiming ownership of the former MP, on the basis that he currently lives in the Adjiriganno area, a suburb in Accra, which falls under the Adentan Municipal Assembly.
The Herald can report that it was no mean feat when on Sunday February 23, the eldest son of the former MP, Baba grabbed a wife.
The flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, the National Chairman, Mr Paul Afoko, Mr Kwabena Agyepong, the General -Secretary, Mr Kwame Mpianim, former Chief of Staff, Mr Frank Agyekum, spokesperson for ex-President Kufour, stormed his residence to grace the marriage ceremony.
Other stalwarts from the other political divide were Dr Ahmed Mustapha, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka, the Majority Chief Whip and Mutuala Muhammed, Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, were among the tall list of dignitaries who graced the occasion.