NPP Elections: Freddie Blay, Steve Ntim in Neck-to-Neck Race

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… John Boadu, Sammi to Win with Ease

The stage is set for aspirants vying for various leadership positions in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the next four years to battle for delegates’ signatures at tomorrow’s National Annual Delegates Conference of the party in Koforidua.

The Koforidua Technical University (KTU) is the battle ground for the delegates to take a strong political decision to, either retain the current executives who are seeking re-election, or reject them for new faces.

The Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, is already painted with the blue, white and red colours of the Elephant Family, in addition to huge billboards with the portraits of some of the combatants erected at various strategic entering points to the region.

From Accra, through Aburi to Tema, Nkrukan and Kumasi, through Buso Junction, the huge billboards with notable faces like Sammi Awuku, Freddie Blay, Madam Kate Gyemfuah and Joyce Konokie Zempare, greet visitors to the town.

The relative calm of Koforidua is gradually charging up with last minute campaigns, with various sirens and megaphones, among others, to introduce their candidates to prospective delegates.

Businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry, have since seen sharp patronage, as all available hotels in and around Koforidua are fully booked.

The National Elections Committee, which is chaired by the Most Rev. Dr. Asante Antwi, has approved the nominees qualified to contest for the various positions they have applied for, after thorough vetting.

The aspirants will be presented to the delegates at the conference tomorrow, for a decision to be taken on them through the ballot.

The Committee has further reminded the aspirants to be mindful of the rules of the game, and urged them to conduct their campaigns before, during and after the elections in a manner that is in strict conformity with the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the national officers’ elections, as well as the party’s constitution.

For the chairmanship position, Mr Freddie Worsemawu Blay, who is in an acting chairmanship position and steered the party back to power, would have to prove his organisational acumen, as he comes face to face with Mr. Stephen Ayesu Ntim and Dr. Richard Amoako Baah.

Seven people are fiercely contesting the Vice Chairman position; They are Emmanuel Ken-Wuud Nuworsu, Rita Talata Asobayire, Michael Omari Wadie, Vida Agyekum Acheapong, F.F. Antoh, George Isaac Amoo, and Mrs Agnes A. Chigabatia.

Mr John Boadu and Richard Ahiagbah would contest the General Secretary position, it is however a forgone conclusion that the Acting General Secretary will win with massive votes. His opponent, Richard Ahiagbah, is not known in Ghanaian political circles, until he sprang up from nowhere, during the nominations process.

Those contesting for National Treasurer position are; Kwabena Abankwah-Yeboah, the incumbent, Kwabena Oppong Frimpong, Mary Posch-Oduro, Hajia Ruka Ahmeed Abrahim, Obeng Amoakohene and Nuhu Bayorbo Mahama.

Sammi Awuku and two others, Tweneboa Kodua Emmanuel and Sulemana A. Sadik Nabicheinga, would line-up for the organiser’s position.

Four people, comprising Henry Nana Boakye, Kamal-Deen Abdulai, Emmanuel Nana Bediako D. Appiah and Dominic Kwesi Eduah, are contesting the Youth Organiser position.

Madam Kate Gyemfuah and Joyce Konokie Zempare are contesting the Women Organiser position.

The most contested position is that of the Nasara Coordinator, with a high number of 14 people.

They are Abubakari Sulemana, Alhaji Rashid Adam, Ahmeed Zaruk Nuhu, Idrisu Abdulai Dipantiche, Alhaji Shuaibu musah Sherif, Baba Gado Ibrahim and Abdul Aziz Haruna Futa.

The rest are Dauda Abdul Rahman Duodu, Alhaji Aminu Abu, Sulemana Alhassan Atakpo, Abdul-Rahman Diallo, Kazeem Ibrahim, Salihu Yahaya Bo and Ali Suraj.

Source: Isaac Akwetey-Okunor | The Chronicle, Koforidua

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