Politics of Friday, 7 February 2014
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema East constituency, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus- Glover says the National Chairman of the party; Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey is likely to lose his position ahead of the NPP’s congress on April 12, 2014, in Tamale.
According to him, the National Chairman has become very unpopular in the party, especially at the grassroots.
Titus- Glover’s comment subtly corroborates claims by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong that the national executive has failed to live up to expectation.
The outspoken MP accused Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey of being incompetent and threatened to launch a 20 million dollar campaign against him [Jake] to lose his position.
In an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, Titus Glover said Jake could be a-one-term chairman because “you don’t need a professor in elections to tell you Jake will lose”.
The Tema East MP, who is an ardent supporter of Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey’s candidature noted that, “upon a sober reflection, things are becoming difficult for me”
He further intimated that the signals he is picking up from his constituency shows the National Chairman is losing his support base in the party.
“Even the leadership in my own constituency, I found it difficult to convince them [to vote for Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey]”.
Titus Glover described as unfortunate, how the National Chairman has ignored calls on him to step down to avoid any humiliation in Tamale.
Meanwhile, the four NPP apparatchiks seeking to be Chairman are incumbent, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, 1st Vice National Chairman, Fred Oware, a former 1st Vice National Chairman, Stephen Ntim and business mogul, Paul Afoko.