Politics of Thursday, 27 April 2017
There seems to be serious lobbying for the position of National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) with indications that the current National Youth Organiser, Sammi Awuku is set to give up the post.
Sources close to the party indicate that Mr. Awuku is set to contest for the position of National Organiser of the party, a post currently being occupied by John Boadu who may be seeking to be confirmed as General Secretary of the party.
But before Sammie Awuku could finally announce his retirement from the youth front, his seat is up for grabs, by relatively big-names in the patriot’s youth brigade, much to the chagrin of party rules, jumped into the succession race.
Lots of candidates, lots of interest and lots of energy are being showcased on social media to garner support. Even before the National Executive Committee could come up with election timetable, there is seeming mad rush to succeed and replace Awuku.
Dominic Kwesi Eduah, Nana Poku Frefre, Kwame Baffoe, Nana Boakye, Sampson K. Nimako, Kamal Deen, and several loyalists are shopping around to replace Awuku as the party’s next National Youth Organizer.
Dominic Eduah, Electrical Engineer, and one of the two deputies to Awuku, and his assigns are said to be seeking to protect Mr. Awuku’s interests through a ‘friendly’ succession.
One of the outspoken members in the party who has been at the fore front, Kwame Baffoe, known in his party activism as ‘Abronye DC’ has abandoned his position as the Brong-Ahafo Regional Youth Organizer of party and relocated to Accra where he has been vociferous on radio stations.
Nana Boakye, tenderly referred to as Nana B, the Deputy Director of National Service Scheme, who recently stirred controversy after he was rated ‘substandard’ by multimedia group is also said to be in serious contention for the position.
Sampson K. Nimako, an environmentalist is said to be testing the waters seeking the opinion of delegates on whether he should contest for the position. That decision could come as early as next week.
Lurking in the shadows is David Asante, convenor of Let My Vote Count Alliance and a former aspirant who abdicated his ambition midway into the election that elected Awuku. Reports suggest that he is keen to plot his return to political eminence after failing to secure the trust of the party hierarchy to head its communication outfit.
Kamal Deen, the incumbent National Nasara Coordinator is also said to be harbouring ambitions to win the nod as the party’s National Youth Organiser.
Nana Poku Frefre, a libertarian, entrepreneur, youth activist, and founder of the NPP Loyal Men, appear to be comfortably leading on the side-lines within the grassroots.
Frefre’s candidature is problematic to other lobbyists, though he is classified an underdog. So, rather than focusing on courting support of prospective delegates, aficionados of other aspirants are busily shopping for the best ways to destroy the candidacy of Nana Poku but still he appears to be one of the fancied candidates for the position.
Awuku had thrashed four patriotic opponents in the primary to become the National Youth Organizer with his famous ‘Boys Abre’ tag. Sammie Awuku is stepping up for the National Organizer slot after helping to secure victory for the party.