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CHAOTIC NDC CONFAB GRINDS TO END: ANITA DE SOSOO CRIES FOUL OVER ALL NON-EWE NEW EXECUTIVES

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By 4pm yesterday, the national delegates’ conference of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, which started officially on Saturday, November 17, was yet to see closure, delegates having begun to arrive at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra on the Friday, November 16. Several ballots remained to be counted and collated.

By 4pm yesterday, the national delegates’ conference of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, which started officially on Saturday, November 17, was yet to see closure, delegates having begun to arrive at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra on the Friday, November 16. Several ballots remained to be counted and collated.

 

However, by the time of filing this report, a few of the results had trickled in, though these were yet to be confirmed by the Electoral Commission, which supervised the election.

For the general secretary position, outgoing NDC deputy general secretary Koku Anyidoho was unable to beat his boss, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah (aka “General Mosquito”). Many had predicted that Nketiah would retain his position as NDC scribe after more than ten years in the role.

Anyidoho was said to have polled a mere 1,625 votes once ballots were counted in an election in which over 9,000 delegates took part. Asiedu Nketiah won 6,642.

 

Two-horse race

 

Many had described Anyidoho’s decision to contest the 62-year-old incumbent as a risky move that could cost him his political future as a leading member of Ghana’s largest opposition party.

But Asiedu Nketiah had endured a barrage of criticism from some NDC stalwarts, including the former Central Region chairman Bernard Allotey Jacobs, who urged party delegates to vote him out, citing his “attitude problem”.

Anita De Sosoo seemed to have lost out to Baba Jamal in the contest for national organiser. The other candidates for the post were Solomon Nkansah and Yaw Boateng Gyan. At the time of going to press, it was a two-horse race between Jamal and Gyan.

For communications officer, one of the slots most keenly contested, Sammy Gyamfi beat Fred Agbenyo by over 4,000 votes. Provisional results showed that Gyamfi polled 6,225 votes to Agbenyo’s 2,069. Agbenyo was the party’s incumbent deputy communications officer.

Sammy Gyamfi used to be a spokesman for former Mayor of Kumasi Kojo Bonsu and is a member of the NDC’s Ashanti Regional communications team.

 

Montie One

 

Godwin Ako Gunn, one of the three Accra-based Montie FM contemnors, jailed in July 2016 for threatening to kill and rape judges on a radio political talk show, was elected one of two NDC deputy communication officers along with Kwaku Boahen.

The four losers were Mahama Seidu, Alhaji Mohammed Nasiru Seidu, Adongo Atule Jacob and Muhammed Nurullah Iddrisu.

Ako Gunn and Kwaku Boahen polled 1,816 and 2,857 votes, respectively, and will work with national communications officer-elect Gyamfi.

According to provisional results, the NDC’s director of elections in 2016, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, was elected as national chairman of the party in what was considered another of the hottest positions up for grabs. Some of the biggest guns were vying for chairman, with the former leading MP Dan Abodakpi, former Attorney General Betty Mould Iddrisu, Alhaji Huudu Yahaya and businessman Danny Annang all contesting.

 

Anita annoyed

 

An obviously unenthused former NDC women’s organiser who served as deputy boss of the National Disaster Management Organisation under the Mahama NDC government, Anita De Sosoo, who was contesting for national organiser but lost, said it was unfortunate that all the Ewes who ran for executive positions had lost out.

“It is unfortunate that all the Voltarians did not win their positions. I wish the NDC well,” she told Joy News’s Kwesi Parker-Wilson.

 

Plan to oust

 

The NDC elected executives who will lead the party in its quest to unseat the New Patriotic Party in the 2020 general election.

The importance of this delegates’ congress cannot be overemphasised, as it used a hugely expanded delegate base and the party hopes the new crop of executives will lead the NDC to oust the governing NPP.

The chairman of the election planning committee, Alex Segbefia, said confidently that by the time the new executives are ready to go through another delegates’ congress, the NDC will be back in power.

About 15,000 people ‒ 9,350 delegates and 5,650 observers ‒ thronged the Trade Fair Centre to decide the fate of the 65 candidates.