The incumbent Northern Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) had a shock of his life when he was handed a heavy defeat in dramatic regional elections held on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Daniel Bugri Naabu lost to Mohammed Bantima Samba after he polled 116 of the total votes cast.
The chairman-elect, a businessman polled 312 of the valid votes cast to end the reign of Mr Naabu who for years had led the NPP in the region.
The results were shocking as the developments, leading to the elections.
Daniel Bugri Naabu on his return from a campaign tour in the region had what appeared to be a serious accident last Thursday but survived with minor injuries.
He was later treated and discharged.
On the day of the elections, the incumbent who is no stranger to controversies had his accident vehicle towed to the Aliu Mahama Stadium, venue for the regional elections.
The rationale he claimed was to dismiss assertions he had faked the accident to win sympathy votes.
With the charred relics of the mangled vehicle exhibited at the election ground, Naabu was hopeful that would convince the delegates that the accident was real and serious but he survived nonetheless.
Strapped in a bandage, pushed to the campaign ground on a wheelchair, almost struggling for words just before voting started, Bugri Naabu made a clarion call for unity in the party, and assured delegates he was the best bet to lead the party again to victory in the north.
But It appeared his message did not resonate with the delegates who voted massively for his opponent, Mohammed Bantima Samba.
Mr Samba called for unity by the rank and file of the party.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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