The Former Ghana’s Ambassador to Malaysia, who is vying for the national chairmanship position of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dan Abodakpi, says he will annex the post from the incumbent Dr. Kwabena Adjei at the party’s delegates’ congress scheduled for October 24, 2014.
The current first Vice National Chairman and National Coordinator of NADMO, Kofi Portuphy is also vying for the chairmanship position.
Mr. Abodakpi, who travelled to the Volta region over the weekend as part of his campaign, told DAILY GUIDE in an exclusive interview in Ho that ‘my chances in the contest are extremely bright and it will take a miracle for me not to win.’
According to him, his message of reconnecting the party to its grassroots members through transformational leadership is winning over the party’s delegates.
The NDC is expected to hold its congress on October 24, 2014 to elect new national executives, and many people have declared their intention to contest for the various posts.
Mr. Abodakpi, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Keta and Minister for Trade and Industry under the Rawlings administration, said his transformational leadership agenda will ensure the revival of the party’s structures, especially at the branch level to make it vibrant and attractive for every member.
This, he said, will encourage members to contribute towards the running of the NDC instead of relying on political appointees to finance the party.
He also disclosed plans to draw a clear succession plan for executive positions in the party, including a review of the NDC’s constitution to limit the tenure of the chairman to two terms in order to offer the opportunity to other party loyalists.
On the NDC’s Election Guideline, which bars members, who have never held any party executive position at constituency level from contesting a regional executive slot, Mr. Abodakpi said, ‘It is in the right directionpeople must be identified with a constituency. Somebody cannot just come from nowhere to become a regional executive without starting from somewhere.’
According to him, the party’s rank and file appreciate his enormous work in the NDC at regional and national levels.
FROM Lambert Atsivor
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