As NPP Youth Organizer Race Heats Up
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) national youth organizer hopeful, Henry Nana Boakye alias “Nana B” is battling claims from party members that he is too arrogant and abrasive to lead the youth front of the party currently led by Sammi Awuku; a young man with a warm character.
According to the Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), it is regrettable that in Ghanaian political discourse, people mistake confidence, vibrancy and charisma to mean arrogance.
“I think there is that difficulty when people are trying to find a definite meaning for confidence, vibrancy, and charisma with probably arrogance and that is what they will get.
Frankly and thankfully, I have been a polling station chairman before, I have been constituency communication officer, I have been twice TESCON President of the University of Mines and Energy, Kwame Nkrumah university of Science and Technology [KNUST] and I have been a member of Movement for Change.
We were responsible for all the massive demonstration that really tortured the NDC then. I was part of the engine that’s why am saying, I have served under at least four past national youth organizers.
So when we were doing all that, when we were communicating, when we were coming on air battling it out, we were never tagged arrogant, but because of your confidence, because of your charisma, because you are outspoken, because we can fight for the youth, that is the only thing people will say, but it will not work, it will not stick, he said.
He argued he was not perturbed, adding regardless of the name calling, tagging, he is focused and will not in any way be distracted by ugly noises, because he is on course to achieve the goal of becoming the next national organizer of the NPP.
Nana B, who is in the race with the likes of the National Coordinator of Nassara, Kamal-deen Abdulai and the current Deputy Youth Organizer, Dominic Eduah, was reacting to attacks and accusations from the camps of other competitors on Metro TV’s Good morning programme yesterday.
The camp of Kamal-deen Abdulai, is reported to have issued a statement, alleging that the agenda and the campaign of Nana B, was only aimed at milking the system and breeding corruption in the event that he wins the election.
On one of his posters which is making the rounds on social media, Nana B, captures his message to excite the youth as “Boys go chop, girls go chop and we all go chop”.
He believes that, having served under previous national youth organizers like, Mustapha Hamid, now Information Minister, John Boadu, now National Organizer and General Secretary hopeful, Anthony Abayifa Karbo, now Member of Parliament (MP) for Lawra, and the incumbent, Sammi Awuku, he is better placed to take on the mantle ahead of the 2020 general elections.
“When you look at them, all of them have contributed something special to the national youth wing and Sammy came to top it up and fortunately we won the elections in 2016.
So for me, the youth wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has always been attractive and Sammy, also added something different to it, so that is why probably I will say it has become heated, but it will have to calm down some of the things”, he said.
He pleaded with other competitors to “tone down” on the attacks and bad mouthing and concentrate on the real issues, because it is an internal election.
“ And I won’t leave my supporters out of it that is why am cautioning them, because sometimes when you receive some barrage of insults, attacks, and unsavory comments, will naturally intend to respond, but I have told them the brand is positive, the brand will have to be protected for the electorates.
No matter what happens, we have an election to win in 2020, so all these bad-mouthing, all these issues going on, on social media, it is very very hot on social media I know, please we need to tone down”, Nana B said.
The twice former TESCON president said, his agenda to ensure the youth get jobs, is nonnegotiable and in the event that he is accorded the mandate, he will work to meet that target.
“And for me, I am going to be a strong advocate and campaigner for jobs this year, because last year was very very good and this year must be fulfilling”.