Declares NDC Chairmanship Interest Today
All roads, will this morning lead to the Ghana international Press Center Ridge, the venue for the formal declaration of Ambassador Daniel Kwesi Abodapki’s bid to unseat the current chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Kwabena Adjei.
The need to make the formal announcement, comes after the guidelines and rules of engagement were spelt out by the National Executive Committee (NEC), led by the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, at a meeting some two weeks ago, at the Local Government Institute in Madina –Accra.
The meeting, was attended by most bigwigs of the party including, President John Dramani Mahama, who took the opportunity to launch the NDC’s biometric card.
Ambassador Abodapki, is the first contender to be declaring his bid today, although names like the National Coordinator for Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Kofi Portuphy, who doubles as a Vice-National Chairman of the NDC and the incumbent, Dr. Adjei, have hinted that they would contest the position, which is increasingly growing unattractive even for the rank and file of the NDC.
In a campaign themed: “Operation Reconnect And Rejuvenate With The Grassroot”, Ambassador Abodakpi is poised to work towards ensuring that the party and government work together for the good of the country and its citizens.
Already, there is mass appeal brewing at the grassroots level for Ambassador Abodapki, following his decision to enter into the race, build and rejuvenate the formidable party into the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
Party apathy and despondency, has taken over the NDC, with members saying there is a huge distance between the government and the party.
The ex-Ghanaian Ambassador to Malaysia, is relying on his vast knowledge and experience as a onetime Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta Constituency in the Volta Region and a diplomat, whose works transcend trade and investments.
He intends to rekindle the spirit of commitment and loyalty and inclusiveness for a united party, going into the 2016 elections.
Ambassador Abodakpi, also has the objective to quickly revive the party if elected in October at a yet to be announced venue.
His formal declaration today, will start the beginning of work to re-organise the party for sustained victory come 2016.
Born on February 27, 1950, Ambassador Abodakpi’s career has seen him become an MP for 16 years, Minister for Trade and Industry for almost ten years, Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), Deputy Secretary for CDRs in 1986 amongst others.
Amongst his career achievements were; Regional Coordinator for the People’s Defence Committee (PDC), the first Vice Chairman of the Internal Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland for two conservative terms from 1995 to 1997.
As part of his legacy, Ambassador Abodakpi is credited with introducing the Freezones Programme and the development of the destination inspection and computerised risk management, as well as the Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF).
Ambassador Abodakpi, a very decisive and a down-to-earth person, is sure his vast experience, would come in handy to steer the affairs of the NDC as the National Chairman.
He had his secondary education at the Takoradi Secondary School and continued at the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong for Post Secondary Teacher Training Certificate ‘A’, thence acquired a Diploma in Science and Education from the Advance Teacher’s Training College in Winneba.
Ambassador Abodakpi, pursued further studies at various institutions of learning namely, Certificate in Leaders in Development: Managing Political and Economic Reform, from Kennedy School of Business (Harvard-U.S.A.) June 2001.
He is married to Agnes Carboo-Abodakpi, and they are blessed with children and grandchildren.