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General News of Sunday, 8 July 2018

Source: classfmonline.com

My loyalty to NPP intact; count on me – Ntim to Blay

Four-time failed National Chairman aspirant of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Ntim, has said his loss at the party’s 26th National Delegates Conference in Koforidua on Saturday, 7 July, has not in any way weakened his loyalty to the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition.

Freddie Blay, who has been acting as Chairman of the NPP for the past two years, was elected as the substantive Chairman in Koforidua.

He polled 3,021 votes as against 2,515 of his closest contender Ntim.

The dark horse in the race for the chair slot, Dr Richard Amoako Baah polled 18 votes.

In his concession speech, Mr Ntim said: "First of all, I want to express my sincerest thanks to Almighty God for making this day possible. I want to also thank the organisers for this conference and our distinguish delegates for doing what is expected of them.

"It is rather unfortunate that I have to lose for the fourth time in my attempt to serve the party in the capacity of national chairman", he said.

"However, once again it is victory for the New Patriotic Party, because we have succeeded in electing our new crop of national officers to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years."

"As usual, my loyalty to the New Patriotic Party is not shaken by what has taken place. We can continue counting on Stephen Ntim as usual, because it is party first, thank you all very much," he said.