By Cecil Mensah
After series of meetings with the grass root of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC),the former Parliamentary candidate for Okaikoi North Constituency in the Greater Accra Region (GAR), Mr Andrew Okaikoi, has abandon his ambitions of becoming a legislator to work for the party in the position of Vice chairperson.
Credible information gathered by The Herald from the Tesano residence of Mr Okaikoi suggests that, the husband of former Information Minister, Zita Okaikoi and now Ghana’s Ambassador to Czech Republic, has joined the race for the Vice chairmanship slot of the NDC.
Mr Okaikoi, who was the Chairman of the Ghana National Council on People With Disability and businessman is among the tall list of contestants seeking to be elected Vice Chairpersons of the party come December.
Mr Okaikoi, is expected to slug it out with the following individuals: Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development under the late President, John Evans Atta-Mills, Betty Mould-Iddrisu, former Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr Lee Ocran, former Minister for Education.
The rest are, Mr Said Sinare, current Vice chairperson and Ghana’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Harry Zakour, Constituency chairman for Kloley Klottey, Danny Annang , also a current Vice chairman and one time Greater Accra Regional chairman and Max Cobbinah, are seeking to be elected as Vice Chair in the upcoming national delegate’s congress.
Sources have hinted that some newly elected Constituency executives of the party, Members of Parliament, top NDC stalwarts and certain influential figures at the presidency, are pushing for Andrew Okaikoi to contest for the position.
According to them, Mr Okaikoi’s sacrifice in the party is unrivalled. He has shown great dedication to the party’s course, even at a time he was badly treated, during his campaign to become an MP.
Andrew Okaikoi a native of Ga Mashie, James Town- British Accra, with an ability to communicate in Krobo, Ada, Twi, Fante, Hausa and Ewe, as well as other local languages is believed to be warming the hearts of key individuals of the Party.
Mr Andrew Okaikoi joined the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in August 1992, a few days after its formation. Simultaneously, he became the Koforidua House Branch Secretary and Mataheko Ward Secretary both in the Ablekuma Central Constituency of the Greater Accra Region. His voluntary decision to join the NDC during the era of multi party democracy stems from the fact that the principles and ideals of the party are grounded on the sound tenets of social democracy, probity, accountability, rule of law.
Andrew Nii Okaikoi is a result oriented individual, a pro-active self-starter who can be acknowledged for sound decision making abilities, analytical and problem solving skills, business acuity, political services at the local, regional and national levels. His international exposure, coupled with his excellent interpersonal skills and recognized calm demeanour equips him in mediating conflicts and building consensus amongst stakeholders with diverse agenda. As a persuasive and concise communicator he is experienced in dealing with myriads of issues in varied platforms and understanding.
Between 1992 – 2000, he worked closely with the Late Hon. Nii Adjei Sikan of blessed memory who was then the Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region. He made it a personal mission to encourage, support and groom young men and women to leverage their ideals to the NDC. His wife, Mrs. Zita Okaikoi is a classical example of those he introduced and meticulously groomed into politics. The rest including persons he encouraged and supported in diverse ways would want to remain anonymous, at least for now. They hold leadership roles in Branch, Ward, Constituency, Regional and National Executive positions across the country in the NDC.
Andrew Okaikoi holds a first degree from the University of Ghana in Political Science, he has various academic certificates from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Harvard University’s John Kennedy School of Governance and he is currently pursuing his Masters in Human Rights Law at the University of Ghana.