Flashback: Results of 2014 NPP conference at Tamale

By Kweku Antwi Jnr

Exactly four years and three months ago, the National Delegates Conference of the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), elected its national officers to steer the affairs of the party, but unfortunately, three key members of the national executives could not execute their task to the end of their tenure.

Chairman Paul Afoko, General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong and 2nd Vice Chairman Sammy Crabbe were suspended indefinitely along the line from the party over gross misconducts.

Four years down the lane, the party has converged at the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, to ones again, select its national executives.

Prime News Ghana has dug into what transpired at the last National Delegates Conference which took place at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale on Saturday, April 12, 2014, and has come through with the following figures.

The elected Chairman, Paul Afoko polled 2,032 votes to beat his closest challenger, Stephen Ntim, who polled 1,500 votes.

Shockingly, then incumbent Chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, managed 66. He was initially reported to have polled 65 but one of his votes was later found mixed with that of another aspirant.

Then 1st Vice Chairman, Fred Oware secured 1,135 votes.

After almost seven hours of a rather slow voting and counting process, now suspended Kwabena Agyapong also beat his closest contender and then incumbent, Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as 'Sir John'.

In an overwhelming victory, the former Press Secretary to the former President,  John Ahyekum Kufuor, polled  2,529 votes to down the incumbent General Secretary who polled 1,990.

For the National Organizer position, John Boadu won overwhelmingly with 3,279 votes to beat the then incumbent, Alhaji Monctar Bamba, who polled 474 votes, while the third contender, Hopeson Adorye, polled 984 votes.

Madam Esther Ofori also lost the National Treasurer position to Kwabena Abankwa-Yeboah who polled 2,483 votes for Madam Ofori to settle for 503 votes.

In a close contest in the Women's Organizer position, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection who was then incumbent Otiko Djaba, beat her bitter rival, Tina Naa Ayele Mensah, who is now the Member of Parliament for Weija-Gbawe Constituency in the Greater Accra Region and  aDeputy Health Minister, for the position.

Madam Otiko polled 276 votes whilst Tina Mensah polled 250 with Mawusi Awity placing third with 113 votes.

Sammy Awuku overwhelmingly won the Youth Organizer position after polling 471 votes, beating then incumbent, Emmanuel Attafuah Danso, who secured 28 votes.

Kamal Deen Abdulai also won the National NASARA Coordinator position. For the vice chair positions, Freddy Blay, Sammy Crabbe and FF Antoh were voted as the first, second and third vice chairmen of the party respectively.

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