Government won’t be distracted by incessant protests by NDC – Mustapha Ussif

The Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS) and Member of Parliament elect for the Yagaba/Kubori constituency of the North East Region, Mustapha Ussif says the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will not be distracted by the incessant protests by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Supporters of the NDC across the country have been protesting the outcome of the 2020 elections.

Aside from grievances at the constituency level, the NDC has also rejected the outcome of the presidential election which saw Nana Akufo-Addo declared President.

But in an interview on the Point Blank segment on Eyewitness News, Mr. Ussif expressed disappointment at the leadership of the party for fuelling the protests.

“I am not worried about the protest all over but concerned for a candidate who gave the green light to his followers to protest instead of seeking redress in court unlike Akufo-Addo in 2012 who accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court though he disagreed with it. The party leadership is inciting demonstrations among its followers by throwing dust into their eyes.”

“I am so happy about the turn out of elections. And clearly, NDC is not contesting the results of the presidential election because John Mahama knows very well that he lost. It is just unfortunate that people tend not to be honest. He does not want to accept defeat,” he added.

He further indicated that the governing party will not be distracted by the NDC.

“President Akufo-Addo has been declared the winner of the elections. The results have been gazetted. We are however focused on delivering the mandate given us with hard work and will not be distracted.”

Mr. Ussif, who won the seat in the 2012 elections and later lost it to Alhaji Ibrahim Abdul Rauf Tanko in 2016, has successfully made his way back to parliament with a landslide victory.

Mr. Ussif won 18,153 votes (64.01%) while 9,393 votes (33.14%) were recorded for the incumbent, Alhaji Tanko.

In the same constituency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo managed to win 17,099 votes against 9,881 votes for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, John Mahama.

This is the second time Mr. Ussif and the NPP have won the seat since its creation in 2004.

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