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Race For Npp National Executives Starts Now

wpid-Agyepong-NPP.jpgAll is set for the national delegates conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Tamale to elect new national officers for the party today.

It has been described as the beginning of the party?s preparedness towards election 2016.

The metropolis is bedecked with NPP paraphernalia and pictures of the 44 candidates vying for the various positions in the largest opposition party. Vehicular traffic in the metropolis has also increased leading to traffic congestions on some major intersections.

Displayed on the imposing billboards are the posters of those contesting for the chairman and secretary positions. The Tamale Sports Stadium where the conference will take place and the immediate environs are also ?painted? in the posters, banners and colours of the NPP.

Contestants.

Those contesting for the chairmanship are the incumbent, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey; Mr Paul Afoko, Mr Steven Ntim and the incumbent first vice-chairman, Mr Fred Oware.

Those in the race for the general secretary position are the incumbent, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John; Mr Kwabena Agyepong, Mr Yaw Buaben Asamoa, and Capt. Nkrabea Effah-Dartey (retd).

Other positions to be contested for are First Vice-Chairman, Second Vice-Chairman, Third Vice-Chairman, National Organiser, National Youth Organiser, National Treasurer and Nasara Co-ordinator.

Reports indicate that the contestants have taken advantage of the presence of the party supporters in Tamale to canvass for more votes to make victory for them very certain.

As of press time yesterday, it was still not clear who would emerge as the National Chairman of the party but the race is still a tight one among the four contestants but some political pundits make the race a straight fight between Mr Afoko and Mr Ntim.

Others also think Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey should not be underrated as he has carried out his campaign mostly without a media blitz and is likely to retain his position.

In the race for the position of secretary, Sir John is tipped to retain his position but Mr Agyapong and Mr Asamoa are on his heels to take over from him.

Equally tight is the race for the other positions but Otiko Afisa Djaba is likely to retain her position as Women?s Organiser. Mr John Boadu is in pole position to annex the position of National Organiser while Mr Sammy Awuku is likely to lead the youth wing as the Youth Organiser.

Readiness for congress

According to the Northern Regional Secretary of the party, Mr Sule Salifu, ?everything is on course as we continue in our efforts to ensure a very successful conference that is happening in the North for the first time in the history of our great party?.

He said more than 5,265 delegates from all over the country were attending the congress that would be held in the 21,000-seater Tamale Sports Stadium.

Majority of the delegates and observers from the regions had already arrived at the metropolis while more were expected to arrive yesterday.

Other categories of people who would be casting their ballots are the founder members, council of elders, national executive committee members, overseas delegates and Members of Parliament (MPs).

The Director of Elections of the NPP, Mr Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, said 118 out of the total number of delegates would be voting to elect the women?s organiser.

Already present in the metropolis are the candidates competing for the respective positions and their followers.

The flag bearer of the NPP in the 2012 presidential election, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, touched down in Tamale last Thursday.

Security

At a pre-deployment briefing in Tamale yesterday, the Director-General in charge of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, Mr John Kudalor, said lessons learnt from previous congresses would guide the police in their duties.

He mentioned intensification of patrols by the personnel in all parts of the metropolis, adding that ?we will also be in constant touch with the organisers to ensure a successful congress?.

About 1,200 police and 100 military personnel are expected to be detailed to ensure an incident-free conference.

In their earlier interaction with the security, the party?s northern regional secretary said it was agreed that only two gates would be used as entrances to the stadium; one for party executives and very important personalities and the other for delegates and observers.

?It was also agreed that two scanners and metal detectors would be placed at the designated entry points while only 50 vehicles will be allowed into the stadium through the VVIP gate,? he further indicated.

Mr Salifu, however, stated that ?only delegates and those with accreditation would be allowed into the stadium.

He, therefore, entreated party supporters without permit not to force their way to the congress centre in order to offer space for the security to operate effectively.

Elections.

The Electoral Commission has expressed satisfaction about the arrangements made at the Tamale Sports Stadium.

The Deputy Chairman of the EC, Alhaji Amadu Sule, who supervised final touches to the sitting arrangements and the setting up of polling stations last Thursday, expressed satisfaction about the electoral activities so far.

According to him, 80 officials from the EC headquarters are expected to support the efforts of the Northern Regional directorate of the commission to supervise the elections.

He indicated that eight polling stations were to be mounted to facilitate the early completion of the voting exercise at the stadium.

Accommodation and feeding.

The Regional Secretary of the party, Mr Salifu, gave an assurance that accommodation had been secured for both the executive and the delegates as all hotels had been duly booked.

The Northern Region Education authorities have also released dormitories of all the senior high schools to the delegates.

On feeding, Mr Salifu said caterers had been allocated to the respective regional delegates to cater for their meals.

Dealers in paraphernalia

Traders have begun cashing in on the event with the sale of NPP paraphernalia and food items particularly at the main entrance of the Tamale Sports Stadium.

Madam Maria Abukari and her colleague, Akosua Kyaa from Accra, told the Daily Graphic that business was booming in the metropolis.

According to Madam Kyaa, within three days she had sold over GH?1,000 cedis worth of her wares.

She explained that although the items were more expensive as compared to the previous year, party supporters were willing to buy them.

The two traders appealed to party supporters to make the occasion a memorable one by avoiding negative and divisive tendencies that would mar the beauty of the event.

Tamale Metropolitan Assembly

With the expectation of the high number of visitors to the metropolis, the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) is working feverishly to ensure that the city is kept clean and orderly for a successful meeting.

Work has been completed on the replacement of all fused bulbs on the traffic lights along the major roads in the city.

The Chief Executive of the TMA, Mr Abdul-Hanan Gundadow, gave an assurance that ?we are working hard to ensure that the visitors taste the proverbial hospitality of our people?.

?At least those coming for the conference for the first time would witness a very accommodating and peaceful ?metropolis with residents who are always ready to offer support to strangers in need without a fee,? he assured.

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