Alban Bagbin to finally bow out of parliament as longest-serving MP

Alban Bagbin to finally bow out of parliament as longest-serving MP

- Hon. Alban Bagbin has disclosed that he will not contest for the Nadowli-Kaleo parliamentary seat

- Alban Bagbin is currently the longest-serving member of parliament in the Ghanaian chamber

- His decision came after he failed to pick a form for the upcoming NDC parliamentary primaries

Ghana’s longest-serving Member of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin will not be seeking re-election in the next parliamentary polls.

The 62-year-old had not picked nomination forms to contest the Nadowli-Kaleo parliamentary seat at the close of nomination today, Friday.

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Bagbin who is currently Ghana’s second Deputy Speaker of Parliament has been occupying the Nadowli-Kaleo parliamentary seat since 1992.

Known in the local parlance as “Nadowli Mugabe,” Bagbin’s exit will pave way for a new candidate for the first time in 28 years.

The legislator is yet to give reasons for his exit but it will be recalled that a youth group in his constituency mounted pressure on him earlier this year to give way for a new person to take over.

A former Upper West regional secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Eric Dakurah, in a Citi News interview said Bagbin’s “exit is welcoming news.”

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“As a constituency, we have prepared him far more than a parliamentary candidate. He has gone through the mill in parliament and should be seeking for higher portfolios," he said.

"We have supported him all this while and wish that he supports whoever that emerges as a parliamentary candidate so that we can maintain our dominance in the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency," he added.

It is unclear if the second deputy speaker will throw his weight behind Mr. Martin Lucas N. Kunbanpuo who is a supporter of his.

Meanwhile, actor John Dumelo has picked form to contest for the Ayawaso West Wuogon candidature.

After months of speculation, the actor has picked form towards the NDC parliamentary primaries to be held soon.

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