Come tomorrow, the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), will storms Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, to paint the metropolis nicknamed, “the Garden City” red, white, green and black, as the party elect new executives for the next four years.
Several reports gathered by The Herald, indicate that the Kumasi Township, particularly the Baba Yara Sports Stadium area, has already been washed with the NDC paraphernalia and decorations.
Among the aspirants vying for various positions, there is tension, accusations and counter accusations, especially claims that some of them are sharing money, buying the conscience of the NDC delegates to vote for them. Others are also said to have aligned themselves with influential personalities within the party and government.
The chairmanship race, appears to be the hottest contest so far with four bigwigs namely; the incumbent, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, ex-Trade and Industry Minister, Dan Abodakpi, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) boss, Kofi Portuphy, and the former General Secretary of the party, Alhaji Hudu Yaya, chasing the seat.
Although, some have claimed that the chairmanship seat race is between Mr. Portuphy and the incumbent, Dr. Adjei alias ‘Wayo Wayoo’, there are those who strongly believe Mr. Abodakpi, will emerge victorious, as he is a fresh man with a fresh mind to ginger the party, having promised re-connecting the party to its core values and popular mass base.
In the General Secretary slot, two-time party scribe, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, is said to be in the commanding lead as his only contester, a certain Farakhan from Obuasi in the Ashanti Region, has been described by party stalwarts as ‘political neophyte’, who is just in the race to seek attention.
Another position to watch out for, is the National Organizer slot, which is also being contested by the incumbent, Yaw Boateng Gyan and the spokesperson for founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings, Kofi Adams, who doubles as a Deputy General Secretary.
Mr. Adams, who is solidly backed by his boss, Mr. Rawlings, is said to have been massively supported by the Flagstaff House; the seat of government. He is said to be young and energetic, but disloyalty has been his biggest bane so far.
His taped conversation with the NPP’s Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, to have late President John Evans Atta Mills ousted and also his alleged involvement in the formation of the National Democratic Party (NDP), have had negative impact on his campaign, and could affect his chances at tomorrow’s congress.
The Propaganda Secretary position, is also being hotly contested by the incumbent deputy, Solomon Yaw Nkansah and Managing Editor of Ghanaian Lens newspaper, Kobby Fiagbe. The journalist cum ex-Policeman, is set to carry the day, as he appears very visible and popular among the delegates.
The six-spaced Vice Chairmanship position, is being contested by a tall list of seventeen aspirants including, Madam Betty-Mould Iddrisu, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Andrew Okaikoi, Max Kobina, Anita De Sosoo, Lee Ocra, Anthony Gyampo, Harry Zarkour, Said Sinare, among others.
Signals picked up The Herald , show that Koku Anyidoho, former Director of Communications in the Office of the President, is also going to pick one of the two positions for the Deputy General Secretary, while George Lawson; hard working fellow might retain his position as the Deputy General Secretary in-charge of operations.