Angry Youth Besiege Kumbungu Assembly

Pandemonium rocked the Kumbungu District Assembly in the Northern Region yesterday when a group of irate youths descended on the assembly members for failing to approve Alhaji Iddi Maza Mahama, the President’s nominee for the District Chief Executive position.

The disappointed youths, who are supporters of the nominee, besieged the Assembly premises after the voting, chanting war songs and hurling insults at some of the assembly members they perceived to have voted against the nominee.

At the end of voting, which was characterised by tension, the nominee fell short of the constitutional two-thirds requirement for his confirmation as DCE, when he polled 20 votes out of the 35-member assembly.

As soon as the Deputy Northern Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Benjamin Benabio announced that the Alhaji Iddi failed to secure the two-third votes, the youth who were lurking around the premises, pounced on some of the assembly members they suspected to have voted against the nominee.

A section of the attackers also pelted stones at the assembly members and dignitaries, including chiefs, resulting in some injuries.

The heavy security presence at the scene could not deter the angry youth from undertaking the violent action.

The security personnel had a hectic time trying to control the situation, while escorting the dignitaries out of the place.

No arrests had been made at the time of going to press.

Some women supporters of the nominee could not control themselves as they were seen shedding tears over the nominee’s failure.

Earlier, the Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Bede Ziedeng advised the assembly members to place the interest of the district above personal interests. From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Kumbungu

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