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MAHAMA HUMILIATED: JDM POODLE DEFEATED IN NDC YOUTH CONTEST

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Information from the opposition National Democratic Congress available to the Daily Statesman show that John Dramani Mahama is having great difficulty understanding how George Opare Addo could have won the recent NDC national youth organiser contest against Mahama’s poodle, the Young Turk Yaw Brogya Genfi.

Information from the opposition National Democratic Congress available to the Daily Statesman show that John Dramani Mahama is having great difficulty understanding how George Opare Addo could have won the recent NDC national youth organiser contest against Mahama’s poodle, the Young Turk Yaw Brogya Genfi.

This is particularly so in view of the solid logistical and financial support the former President extended to the insulting communicator.

Insiders believe the defeat will resonate into constituencies, giving rise to a wind of change in the NDC as preached by non-Mahama contenders for the NDC’s flagbearer slot.

Waning influence

Pablo, as Opare Addo is affectionately called, won the heated election that took place at Gomoa-Feteh in the Central Region at the weekend with 523 votes. He is a former municipal chief executive for Akwapim South.

Mr Mahama’s “anointed” son, Yaw Brogya Genfi, the candidate favoured by the incumbent NDC machinery, polled 396 votes, A third contestant, Wonder Madilo, secured 74 votes.

NDC sources close to the former President say the now aspiring presidential candidate “is not only shocked by the defeat of his anointed candidate, but also feels humiliated by the election of Pablo” as national youth organiser because of how his influence as a former president is being deflated by the delegates.

Conspiracy

George Opare Addo is seen as a fine young politician comparable to the likes of Henry Nana Boakye, his counterpart in the governing New Patriotic Party.

He confirmed yesterday in a radio interview that some bigwigs in the NDC incited delegates against him in the lead-up to the weekend’s election and that he therefore had serious odds stacked against him.

He alleged the NDC bigwigs who worked against him included some Members of Parliament who claimed he was anti-Mahama.

Even though he diplomatically refused to mention any names, or cite Mr Mahama as one of those who conspired against him, sources close to the newly elected NDC youth organiser have hinted to the Daily Statesman that his “conspirators” included the former president and the NDC general secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.

Meanwhile, Mr Mahama is said to be among aspiring NDC presidential nominees who have started making desperate efforts to court the support of the same Pablo for the opposition party’s upcoming flagbearership contest.

Dogfight

The defeat of Mahama’s boy comes against the background of a last-minute campaign for hearts and minds and votes of delegates from Greater Accra. The former president has the largest stake in votes from this region because he has stalwarts such as Nii Lante Vanderpuye, MP for Odododiodoo, and Kobina Ade Coker, Greater Accra Regional Chairman, in his corner.

At the national level, the battle is even more intense, with the positions of general secretary and national chairman also being fought over along lines of change and incumbency.

Asiedu Nketiah, aka General Mosquito, is having a good run for his money as the late Prof Evans Atta Mills aide Koku Anyidoho stalks him.

The same trend is playing out in the case of National Chairman Kofi Portuphy, who is also being chased by a host of contenders, including Dan Abodakpi, Betty Mould Iddrisu, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo and Hudu Yahaya.