The Upper West Regional Delegates of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) have retained Dr. Saanbaye Basilide Kangbere, the incumbent Regional Chairman to lead the party in the region for the next four years.
This was after Dr. Kangbere garnered 130 votes out of a total of 242 valid votes cast, while his contender, Mr Mahama Toyiba had 112 valid votes.
The first Vice Chairman position went to Mr Adul-Rahman Aziz who had 157 votes, while Mr Muhammed Aziz Gado had 84 votes to emerge second vice chairman.
Others were: Mr Daniel Tanko, Secretary with 96 votes; Mr Yussif Alhassan, Assistant Secretary with 167 votes;
The rest were: Mr Hamidu Sana, who had 112 votes to emerge as Youth Organiser, while Mr Ali Mohammed Muniru garnered 144 votes to be elected the Nasara Coordinator of the party in the region.
The Women’s Organiser slot could not be determined as Madam Nancy Dery and Madam Minata Bakuli Mumuni had 76 votes each.
The elected executives were sworn into office shortly after the declaration of the results by Mr Ali Osman, the Upper West Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, who supervised the election.
While swearing in the newly elected executives, Mr Seth Panwun Boyoyo, the Upper West Regional Chairman of the Election Committee noted that the Woman Organiser would be sworn-in with the appointed executives after the party had decided on the position.
Addressing the delegates after the swearing-in, Dr. Kangbere expressed gratitude to the delegates for retaining him as the Regional Chairman to complete his unfinished business for the party after serving in that position for the past four years.
He said he would unite the party and collaborate effectively with the other elected executives to achieve the objective of the party in breaking the eight.
He was hopeful that the other executives would serve the party diligently and with loyalty in collaborating with the executive committee in the region to better the fortunes of the party in the region.
“I think I have done well for the people, so they voted for me. I will look back, see where I went wrong, and listen to the people’s advice on where to go so that I don’t make mistakes again, so I will look forward to breaking the eight.
“I believe that once you have offered yourself to serve the people you will do that sincerely, so I can count on their sincerity and I can believe that they will work with me because if they don’t, it is not Kangbere who fails, it is everybody that fails”, he explained.