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General News of Sunday, 13 May 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

NPP likely to elect only ‘Akans’ to top party positions – Akomea

Former Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea has refused to pick nomination forms to contest for the Vice Chairmanship position in the party.

Akomea said he decided after realizing that if care is not taken most of the top leadership positions may go to party stalwarts from the “Akan sub-group.”

“When nominations opened last week, l declined to pick forms. What is emerging is that this particular election may present the NPP with the most undiversified national leadership, as almost all the elected positions may be filled from the Akan subgroup. Every effort must be made to ensure that some of these positions have elected members from outside the Akan subgroup,” he added in a post on his Facebook wall.

Nana Akomea who is currently the Managing Director of the State Transport Company, (STC) in the post also said several people had urged him to contest for the party’s top leadership position.

He said even research conducted by the Danquah Institute “found [that] l was the clear, overwhelming favourite for one of the key executive positions.”

Although Akomea said he had wanted to contest, he said:

“It is my great hope that the three Vice Chairmanship positions will afford the election of other members from outside the Akan subgroup. I remain thankful to all the groups and individuals who have looked forward to my contest and who will be disappointed now. I assure them it is for the greater good of the party.”

NPP National Delegates Conference postponed to July

The party opened nominations last week ahead of its National Delegates Conference scheduled for July 7, 2018.

Several stalwarts of the party have already picked up their nomination forms.

The acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay and acting General Secretary, John Boadu are among those seeking election as substantive leaders of the party.

Below is the full statement from Nana Akomea

In the last couple of months leading up to the NPP national executive elections, l have been accosted by various groups in the NPP to urge me and pledge support for me to contest for one or the other national executive positions. Delegations have come from Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions had come to my office to urge me on. Several WhatsApp groups have been formed by like-minded individuals to promote my contest.

Several individuals and critical party leaders have also spoken to me about offering myself for a national position.

Research conducted by the Danquah Institute found l was the clear, overwhelming favourite for one of the key executive positions.

When nominations opened last week, l declined to pick forms. What is emerging is that this particular election may present the NPP with the most undiversified national leadership, as almost all the elected positions may be filled from the Akan subgroup.

Every effort must be made to ensure that some of these positions have elected members from outside the Akan subgroup.

It is to be part of this effort that l have declined to contest for the Vice Chairmanship position. It is my great hope that the three Vice Chairmanship positions will afford the election of other members from outside the Akan subgroup.

I remain thankful to all the groups and individuals who have looked forward to my contest and who will be disappointed now. I assure them it is for the greater good of the party.

The NPP remains the best political party to take this country to the “promised land”.

God bless us all