An aspiring National Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dan Abodakpi, has pledged to be a solution-driven-chairman, if the rank and file of the party, gives him the nod to lead them.
Mr. Abodakpi, former Minister of Trade and Industry (MOTI) and former Ambassador to Malaysia, gave this assurance, when he called on the Chief Imam, Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharabutu, to brief him (Chief Imam) on his decision to file for the National Chairmanship slot of the party.
Mr. Abodakpi, who presented a ram and some bags of rice to the Chief Imam at his residence in Accra, went to solicit the blessings of the Muslim leader, to annex the National Chairmanship seat.
He said, he had known the Chief Imam as a just leader of the Zongo communities, during the time of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), led by Chairman Jerry John Rawlings.
He said, if the party faithful, give him the opportunity to lead them, he would make the Zongo community, a very important caucus in the administration of the party.
This he said was because, the NDC has its feet firmly rooted in the Zongo communities, and it was about time the party gives this important caucus a leverage of decision making of the party, adding, “I’m ready to make this a reality, if the party gives [me] the nod to lead them into the 2016 general elections”.
On his part, the Chief Imam, Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharabutu, pledged his support for the campaign and offered special prayers for Mr. Dan Abodakpi and members of his ” one team, one spirit” campaign team.
Later, hundreds of party supports, clad in white T-shirts with the portrait of Mr. Abodakpi’s, amidst drumming and dancing, thronged the Kokomelemele office of the party to catch a glimpse of the former Ambassador file his papers.
He had toured the two hundred and seventy (270) Constituencies to canvass for votes in the run up to the December congress to be held in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.
He told the media after filing his papers, that he was in the race for party unity to ensure resounding victory for President John Mahama over Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the 2016 presidential elections.