KOTA BHARU: Kelantan Barisan Nasional (BN) has confirmed that Tumpat incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi will defend his seat on a Barisan Nasional (BN) ticket in the 15th General Election (GE15).

BN state liaison committee chairman, Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub said Che Abdullah's candidacy was accepted by Tumpat UMNO which also expressed its support for him.

"The question of who would be contesting the Tumpat seat has been answered when Che Abdullah, previously from PAS, agreed to contest on a BN ticket.

"We held a series of discussions with him on his candidacy and he finally agreed to accept the offer," he told reporters when met at the state UMNO liaison office, here, today.

Ahmad Jazlan said choosing Che Abdullah was based on the party's criteria which included selecting winnable candidates

Yesterday, Kelantan Perikatan Nasional (PN) announced the names of 14 candidates who will be contesting in GE15.

However, the Bachok and Tumpat incumbent MPs, Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz and Che Abdullah, were not listed as Kelantan PN candidates this time.

In GE14, Che Abdullah won the Tumpat seat with a majority of 17,500 votes to defeat his challengers from BN and PKR.