…Elects New Executives For UK/Ireland Chapter
By Alfred K. Dogbey
Whilst the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is at rest enjoying their usual intra-party rivalry that proceed the party’s congress, opponents in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has already hit the road, electing leaders in preparation towards the forthcoming 2016 election.
Last month September 28, the UK/ Ireland Chapter of the ruling NDC went through a peaceful congress to elect new executives who will steer the affairs of the Chapter for the next four years.
The event which was supervised and highly attended by some National Executive Council (NEC) delegation from Accra, took place at the Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, Philip Lane North London N15 4JA.
The results of the congress saw the election of some affable personalities in key executives positions that many believed would be one of the Chapter’s best leadership for the NDC abroad.
For the chairmanship race, Mr. Kofi Kwakye emerged as the Chapter Chairman while Mr. Alex Seshie-Vanderpuije became the Vice-Chairman.
In the case the general secretary position, one Mr. Sam Quaye the race whereas affable Mr. Alhassan Mbalba, a social worker and native of Bawku, who many had wish he become the Chairman due to his good human relation with anyone he come across undoubtedly won Assistant Secretary position while Mr. Michael Frempong and Mr. Alex Bediako respectively clinched victory on Public Relations Officer and Organizer position.
Preliminary checks conducted by The Herald about political standing of Mr. Mbalba revealed he is very active and updated with the every up to speed information or happenings Ghanaian media.
Mr. Mbalba, a social commentator who more often than not keeps posted his contributions on hot discussions and debates through his social media, facebook wall and therefore his new position never surprise those who closely follow him in the media.
Few hours after his overwhelming election, the socialist took to his facebook wall and wrote “Dear Comrades, I would like to thank all the members of UK/Ireland Chapter for overwhelming electing me as the Assistant Secretary of the Chapter.
“I may appear cooler outside, but I’m burning inside to make the NDC better. The peace and unity displayed at the Congress is another testimony that UK/Ireland Chapter will ever remain a role model for other NDC branches in the diaspora.” he revealed.
He assured that “I shall work hard to justify the confidence you have reposed in me and I can assure you that with your continuous support, our Chapter can only get better. God Bless Ghana and Long Live NDC”, he concluded.
Other newly elected executive members include, Mr. Kwesi Turkson – Deputy Organiser, Mr. Wisdom Adoli – Youth Organiser
Mr. .Frank Fiaka – Deputy Youth Organiser Mr. Rodger Appiah – Treasurer, Nana Debra – Welfare Officer, Ms Louisa Nelson – Women’s Organiser and Hajia Salamatu Kuntey – Deputy Women’s Organiser.
They were later sworn into office by the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.
The supervisory delegation includes, Mr. Kofi Attor – the party’s Director of International Relations, NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the National Organizer – Mr. Yaw Boateng-Gyan, the Director of Administration at the NDC Headquarters –Mr. Ofosu Akuamoah Boateng and Mrs. Elizabeth Nicole– the Deputy High Commissioner at Ghana Mission in U K.
Others big shorts of the party present are Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, the Volta Regional Minister, Kwame Agbodza, MP for Adaklu Constituency and the immediate past Vice-Chairman of the Chapter.
Addressing teeming supporters at congress after election, Mr. Asiedu Nketia called on Party members in the Diaspora to work hard to uphold the hard won image of the NDC party in the UK. He reminded the newly elected Chapter Executives of their responsibilities towards the general membership and the Party as a whole.
He asked the Executives not to hesitate to contact Party Headquarters for updated information on Party and national issues in order to inform the general membership and the Ghanaian community in the UK.
On the part of Mr. Attor, he called on the Chapter to continue the expansion programmes by organising symposiums and soirees to motivate members. He task the new executive members to do all they could to follow the vision of the NDC party, unite and support the party leadership and President John Dramani Mahama’s government.
He congratulated the outgoing Chapter executives for establishing new branches in Luton, Birmingham and Liverpool, which has resulted in the expansion of the Chapter membership bases.
The incoming chairman, Mr. Kwakye in his acceptance speech pledged to uphold the party’s Constitution and the Chapter’s Standing Orders which regulate the activities of the party in the Diasporas.
Mr. Kwakye also promised his support for leadership and that of President John Dramani Mahama’s administration. He said he would do all within his capabilities to ensure that the current NDC administration get re-elected in 2016.
He told the Congress he would endeavour to unite the Chapter membership and also eliminate factionalism, adding that his leadership will embark on membership drive to increase Chapter membership in the UK by establishing new Branches across the country.