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Politics of Sunday, 13 May 2018

Source: mynewsgh.com

NPP risks ending up with only Akan subgroups as national leaders - Akomea warns

Managing Director of the State Transport Company, (STC) and former Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea is worried about the turn of events in the party ahead of its National Delegates Conference to elect a new set of national leaders next month.

He has expressed fears that the party could end up padding only Akan subgroups as national executives to the neglect of other ethnic groups.

The party in time past has been tagged as an Akan party despite efforts made by its leadership to dissociate itself it from the tag that has been capitalized on by political opponents to win some votes.

Nana Akomea who was tipped to run for one of the national positions let down his supporters after he failed to pick his nomination forms disclosed that the NPP may the most undiversified national leadership if care is not taken.

But in a Facebook post explaining reasons for his decision he said:” 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.”

Read full text of his post below

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 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 key 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 sub group.

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 sub group.

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