One of the Presidential Aspirants in this year’s Ghana Institute of Journalism Students Representative Council(GIJ SRC) elections, Abdulai Saaka, has indicated his strongest resolve to lead the student front despite initial setbacks.
The Level 300 Public Relations Top-up student was disqualified by the Electoral Commission (EC) on September 4, 2021, on the basis of fielding an unqualified running mate and also not meeting the 80% pass mark set for presidential aspirants.
However, the Judicial Committee of the GIJ SRC ordered that Abdulai Saaka be allowed to return into the electoral race and also be given the opportunity to select a qualified running mate per precedence set by a previous electoral commission.
In the course of the election that brought former GIJ president, Joseph Agbezuke into power, he was allowed by the then EC to select a new running mate, Tracy Hagan following the disqualification of his earlier running mate.
In an exclusive interview with UniversNews, Abdulai Saaka stated that he is poised and determined to serve the interest of students if given the mandate to serve as SRC President.
“My resolve to lead an SRC that is pragmatic, proactive, and remedy oriented is still on. It is unbroken. I urge every student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism to throw their support behind me and my team. As we go into this election, let us together select the best leadership for GIJ SRC,” he said.
Commenting on the judgment of the Judicial Committee, Abdulai Saaka mentioned that he was not surprised at the turn of events.
“My team is not surprised by the decision of the Court because it is justice that we were looking for and we have trust and faith in the Court that they will deliver justice. That is exactly what the Court did,” he opined.
The date of the election is unclear following the disruption to the electoral calendar.
The much-coveted presidential position will be battled out between four heavyweights candidates including Edem Dei-Tutu Vine, Albert Kofi Konadu, David Nana Appiah, and Abdulai Saaka.