Vetting of candidates for the various national executive positions of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) begins on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
The vetting is to ensure that the aspirants qualify to contest the various positions in the party and it is expected to end on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
The NPP had earlier fixed June 17, 2018 as the date for the National Delegates Congress to be held in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, but because it will coincide with the celebration of the Muslim Festival of Id-il- Fitri, the election has been rescheduled for July 7, 2018.
National Election Committee
A five-member National Elections Committee, comprising Rev. Prof. Samuel Asante-Antwi as the Chairman, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, Madam Agnes Okudzeto, a former National Third Vice Chairperson, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the MP for Ablekuma West and Evans Nimako, the Acting Director of Research and Elections), has been put in place to oversee the conduct of the NPP national elections.
There seems to be an interesting contest ahead of members and supporters of the NPP as they go to the polls in July to elect national officers to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.
Five stalwarts of the party are gunning for the topmost position of national chairman of the party.
They are the current Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay, the immediate-past Upper West Regional Chairman of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Abdul-Rahman (alias Alhaji Short), a former National Vice Chairman, Stephen Ayesu Ntim, who has a long-standing contest for the National Chairmanship position, former Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Richard Amoako Baah and a former Spokesperson for the late Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, David Amankwah Boadu.
National Vice Chairman
Eight aspirants, including the incumbent, Fredrick Fredua Antoh, (a.k.a F.F. Antoh), former Volta Regional Chairman, Ken-Wuud Noworsu, former Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, Agnes Chigabatia, a former National Women’s Organizer, Rita Talata Asobayire, former MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, George Isaac Amoo, Lawyer Vida Agyekum Acheampong and former Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency Chairman, Michael Omari Wadie, are slugging it out for the first, second and third vice chairperson positions.
For the General Secretary slot, the acting General Secretary, John Boadu, who is also the National Organizer and Mr. Richard Ahiagbah, a member of the NPP communication team in the United States (US), are facing each other.
The incumbent National Youth Organizer, Sammy Awuku has two other contenders, namely, Nana Bediako and Sadik Nabichienga, gunning for the position of national organizer.
Those vying for the national Youth Organizer position are Dominic Eduah, Nana Bediako, Henry Nana Boakye, Kamal-Deen Abdulai and Ganiyu Alhassan.
National Women’s Organizer
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, left the position for two straight fights between former Deputy Women’s Organizer, Kate Gyamfua and former Greater Accra Regional NPP Women’s Organizer, Joyce Konokie Zemparie.
For the position of National Treasurer, incumbent Kwabena Abankwah Yeboah will battle it out with Abraham Obeng Amoakohene, Nuhu Bayorbo Mahama, Mary Posch Oduro and Saida Ruka Ahmed.
Fourteen aspirants are also contesting the Nasara Coordinator position. They include Abubakari Sulemana, aka Lakulaku, a former Nasara Coordinator; Alhaji Rashid Adam, Alhaji Ahmed Zaruk Nuhu, Alhaji Shumbu Musah Shariff, Abdul Aziz Harunafuta of Accra Hearts of Oak FC fame, Baba Gado Ibrahim; Alhaji Salihu Yahaya Bo, Sulemana Alhassan Atakpo and Ali Suraj.
Already, the NPP has successfully conducted its polling station, constituency and regional elections.
Once the national elections are over, the party will then shift focus to who leads them into the 2020 election, but if the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, decides to seek his second term in office, he is likely to go unopposed.