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General News of Monday, 13 February 2017

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

We won't be blackmailed; working for NPP doesn't guarantee appointment - John Boadu


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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will not be intimidated by agitations from party members over the appointment of District Chief Executives (DCEs) and Municipal, Metropolitan District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), says National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu.

Addressing the media at the party's headquarters in Accra, John Boadu said appointments are strictly based on merit and as such, the party will not succumb to any "noise" from any quarters.

President Akufo-Addo on January 11, 2017 revoked the appointments of MMDCEs and is expected to appoint new ones to serve in his administration.

Even before the announcement, some members of the party are suggesting that appointees must be people who contributed to the party’s victory in the 2016 elections.

But John Boadu who doubles as acting General Secretary of the party stated that appointments are made in consultation with party executives and other stakeholders who know the calibre of people who would help President Akufo-Addo achieve the list of promises made to Ghanaians.

“You must realise that we have made some commitments in our manifesto. A promise to make sure that we are able to have a factory in each and every district. We expect that we will have MMDCEs who understand what it takes to establish an industry in a particular district…” he said.

“We want people who are capable of managing the MMDCEs such that by the time we go for elections, it will not be difficult for the NPP or people we will sponsor. It is not just about working for the party. No. I don’t have interest in a particular district… We are not going to allow ourselves to be blackmailed by noise. We will make sure that everything that is done will be in the interest of the party and party people should understand,” he added.



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