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Ghana’s Former Deputy Speaker Picks Npp Form

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Freddie Blay and Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie

Nominations opened yesterday for aspiring national officers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to make official their intentions to contest the various national executive positions of the party.

Despite the relatively low key publicity given to the event, there was mad rush for nomination forms.

Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, the NPP Director of Elections, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, confirmed that about 27 persons had already picked up their nomination forms by the close of business yesterday.

From the figure quoted by the Director of Elections of the NPP, it means the majority of aspirants rumoured to have shown interest in the various positions had picked up forms.

DAILY GUIDE sources confirmed that all the four aspirants vying for the Chairmanship position had picked up their forms.

They are the incumbent Chairman Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, First Vice Chairman of the party Fred Oware, and two other top contenders Steven Ayesu Ntim and Paul Afoko.

The next juicy position in the party is that of the General Secretary, the chief administrator of the party.

Four people had made public their intentions to contest the position, namely the incumbent Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John, Captain (Rtd) Nkrabea Effah-Dartey, a former Member of Parliament and a onetime flagbearer contender of the party and Kwabena Agyepong, former Press Secretary to ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor had all picked up nomination forms. The other contender for the position is Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, a former Special Assistant to the late Vice President Aliu Mahama in the previous NPP government and the deputy Director of Communications for the NPP?s 2012 presidential campaign, who had not picked up his form at the time of going to press.

For the position of Vice Chairpersons of the party, six people had so far picked up nomination forms, namely Freddie Blay, former First Deputy Speaker of Parliament; Fredrick Fredua Anto, the immediate past Chairman of the NPP in the Ashanti Region; Hajia Fati Amadu, a staunch party member; Samuel Crabbe, a businessman of the Ghana International Airline fame and former Greater Accra Regional Chairman; Sheikh T.B. Damba, second Vice Chairman; and Philomena Serwa Akoto.

Perhaps the next most demanding  position in the party after the General Secretary is that of the National Organiser, where three formidable contenders are going head-to-head for the ultimate prize.

Hopeson Adorye of the pressure group, Young Patriots; the incumbent National Organiser, Moctar Bamba; and outspoken deputy Communications Director of the NPP?s 2012 campaign, John Boadu, have all expressed interest in the position, but as at press time, the latter had not picked his forms yet.

As regards the Women?s Organiser position the incumbent, Otiko Afisah Djaba would be battling contenders Tina Mensah and Mawusi Nudekor Awitty.

Similarly, Esther Ofori, the incumbent National Treasurer of the NPP, would be battling two others, namely Suzzy Mensah, a former Eastern Regional Deputy Minister and Kwabena Abankwa Yeboah.

According to Mr. Adjei Mensah, the nominations would close by Wednesday this week while the aspirants would be given between February 7 and February 10, 2014 to file their forms pending vetting, scheduled for February 12 to February 13.

The much anticipated national elections are scheduled for March 1, 2014.

 By Raphael Ofori-Adeniran

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