The Member of Parliament (MP) for Damongo, Adam Matawakila, may be in hot waters as the Northern Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chief Sofo Azorka is demanding an apology from him.
The MP has accused the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, of breaching the NDC’s constitution.
The MP in an interview on Tuesday accused the Northern Regional Minister of campaigning to win the Damongo seat ahead of the official opening of the party’s nominations.
He therefore demanded that the regional executives of the party should call the minister to order.
Alhaji Mohammed Muniru in response admitted telling some people in the Damongo constituency of his intention to contest but maintained that he was not campaigning.
The regional chairman of the party had however jumped to the defense of the minister.
According to him, the minister was in the constituency to settle some pressing issues saying, “The minister did not go there to campaign against the MP. We have issues at Daboya Mankarigu.
He said it was the duty of the Regional Minister to respond to calls from residents in the region when a matter needed urgent attention therefore, Alhaji Muniru was just embarking on his official duties and took time off to interact with the party executives in the area.
Responding to the accusation that the minister declared his intentions at Damongo, Sofo Azorka asked, “He went to solve a problem and if somebody asked that are you intending to stand; if it’s you, will you say no?”
He however clarified that he was neither supporting the Northern Regional Minister nor Mr. Matawakila.
“As a regional chairman, I’m not supporting anybody. I want a person who can win the seat. I am not supporting either the sitting MP or the minister. The person who can win the seat, we are ready for him to come.”
Chief Sofo Azorka pointed out that the MP erred by making the issue public without first consulting the regional executive and must thus apologise.
“He’s made a mistake, “the Member of Parliament should come out here to apologise to the regional executives plus the minister,” he said.