By Alfred Dogbey
National Democratic Congress (NDC) delegates in the Volta Region, the ‘World-Bank’ of the party, would today and tomorrow vote to elect new regional executives to run activities of the party for the next four years.
But ahead of the crucial congress, a former journalist and parliamentary reporter for the‘Enquirer and Ghana Palaver Newspapers’, Egypt Kobla Kudoto is said to have won the heart of the delegates, who had endorsed him to win the slot, when voting is over and counting is done today.
The “down to earth” young politician, popularly called “Egypt”, who is campaigning with the message of re-branding the youth wing and empowerment, has assured the youth to weed out potentially selfish individuals, who use their executive positions for their parochial and selfish interest, instead of helping the youth through empowerment.
Though many, including delegates, have tipped him to win by a landslide, Mr. Kudoto is leaving no stone unturned through his campaign.
Mawutor Agbavitor, is also highly tipped to win the Volta Regional NDC chairmanship slot. The young man has been described by those who know him as very industrious, and has the spirit to resuscitate the NDC which appears to be going into coma.
Speaking to The Herald via phone yesterday, Egypt who is also the Special Assistant to the Minister of Transport, Madam Dzifa Aku Attivor, advised that delegates should vote for aspirants who are willing to work for the collective interest of the party, as well as the region, but not aspirants, who would want to use their positions for personal gains and wealth.
According to him, the forthcoming 2016 general elections, would not be about individuals, but rather the party, government as well as the people of Ghana.
The former journalist said “…the Volta Region is the stronghold of our party … I want us to change the way we run the affairs of the party in the region, especially, the youth front” .
The Transport Minister’s special assistant, told The Herald that he believed his current position in the party, puts him at a vantage point to access important opportunities for young people within the party who have always “killed themselves” to ensure that NDC comes to power.
He said, “I am the game changer, the man to transform the youth wing and the new face of the youth wing in the region” adding that his opponents in the race, do not completely know exactly the needs of the youth of Volta Region.
Reports gathered by The Herald indicate that the former reporter is in a comfortable lead and enjoying significant support from delegates across the region.
He is expected to use what has been described as his good human relations to bring unity in the youth front at the party’s “Political World-Bank”.
It is also expected that the Regional Youth Organizer aspirant, who is a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), would bring on board his knowledge as an expert in governance and leadership skills to empower the youth in the Volta Region.
Mr. Kudoto, who contested this position four years ago, but did not win, is set to make a major come-back to sweep victory in the election. Mr. Kudoto is contesting with three others, Mr. Courage Danku, Hope Nyavedzi and one other.
Meanwhile, The Herald, has gathered that, delegates including Members of Parliament (MPs), who are unhappy about some happenings in the party in the region, have agreed to vote out many incumbent executives and replace them with selfless, decisive and result-oriented people.
It was explained that this would promote, not only the interest of the party, but also restore the hopes of the foot-soldiers, who have been ignored and abandoned.
Some of the incumbents, The Herald is informed, have been warned prior to filing of nomination not to seek re-election and avoid embarrassment, because they would be voted against. The incumbent chairman, this paper is informed, has heeded to the warning and is, therefore, not contesting again.
In the Regional Secretary race, former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ho, Isaac Kwasi Kodobisah, who is said to be winning the support of delegates is also expected to beat the incumbent Secretary, Mr. Simon Amegashie-Viglo and three other aspirants, namely, Agbesi Nutsu, Marshal Ackumey and one Lawyer Akpadi.
Another person, whose position is anticipated to suffer defeat is Mr. Henry Ametefe, the former Deputy Volta Regional Minister, who is the current Regional Organizer and seeking for re-election. Mr. Ametefe is in the race together with Bernard Frank Ahiable, the sacked MCE for Ketu-South and one Mr. Owusu Siaw.
Mr. Kodobisah is an executive member and onetime President of National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Assistant Director II of Education with a cumulative work experience of 57years in classroom, as Education Officer, Local Government, Ghana Wildlife Society of Ghana and Government Accountability Improves Trust (GAIT II).
The ex- member of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and Board Member of Ola Girls Senior High (SHS) told delegates that he would “encourage proper accountability measures on the part of party executives for the reposition of needed public confidence”.
He also promised to “push for the equation of party key positions to ministerial and deputy ministerial positions when our party is in government, so as to retain experienced, loyal committed and dedicated party executives to continue to man the secretariat, rather than the usual mad rush to join government”.