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Generational shift will make me leave parliament – Inusah Fusseini

Tamale Central MP Inusah Fuseini has revealed why he did not run for the seat as the incumbent.

The former Lands Minister said he has noticed a generational shift in the kinds of people whom the constituency wants to represent them.

Speaking on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show Friday, he explained that he feels as though he no longer belongs to the constituency because of the generational shift.

In 2016, in the Parliamentary elections, Inusah Fuseini contested against young candidates, one of which was Dr Ibrahim Anyars Imoro who stood for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Inusah spoke fondly of the opposition candidate whom he refers to as ‘Bahama’.

“Bahama’s father, I call him my brother. So Bahama is my cousin. His father’s father was my father’s best friend and Bahama came to contest me.”

“I’m older than him by far, I was older than the CPP candidate by far, I was older than the PNC candidate by far. At the collection centre I was left in no doubt that there is a generational shift and that I don’t belong,” he said.

A lot of people were surprised when the former Roads and Highway Minister disclosed in 2018 that he will not contest the Tamale Central seat any more.

“I have served my constituency for about 12 years and I have been one of the longest-serving MPs and I would like to announce that I, Inusah Fuseini, will not contest the 2020 elections as an MP,” he told addressed party supporters at a party event.

He indicated that the early announcement was for the party to have enough time to select a suitable candidate who would be able to retain the seat for the NDC come 2020.

The legal practitioner told Joy News that another reason for his parliamentary exit is, “I typically do not get satisfaction when I feel that some people are just exploiting me,” he said.

“Some people are taking my leniency for granted…Sometimes I feel terribly hard done by and when you go to parliament you lose part of your dignity when you become a public servant and the people that used to hold you in high esteem probably think you’re not worth more than their shoelace,” he added.

“I’ve made up my mind, but people don’t get it. They think that my decision is because of certain things.

“No, at the collection centre (during the 2016 parliamentary elections) it dawned on me that all the people that contested me were far younger than me and that probably it was time for me to move on.”

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