An NPP presidential aspirant, Mr Francis Addai-Nimoh, has stated that he represents the new face of hope for NPP and Ghana, and has therefore called for support for his bid to be the flag bearer of the party for the 2016 election.
Mr Addai-Nimoh, 49, told the Daily Graphic that the NPP required unity which needed to be upheld, promoted and applied to the cause of the party now more than ever.
The MP for Mampong was speaking to the Daily Graphic last week after he had picked forms to contest the NPP presidential primaries.
So far, four other aspirants, including Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Offinso North; Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, MP for Asuogyaman; Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, two-time flag bearer; and Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, a former Information Minister, have picked forms to run for the position.
The aspirants, who each paid a fee of GH¢10,000 for the forms, have up to July 6, to file their nominations.
If all the five aspirants proceed to file, they will be expected to pay GH¢75,000 each as filing fee.
Twice-defeated flag bearer aspirant, Mr John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, is yet to pick his nomination forms, likewise Mr Joe Ghartey, the Second Deputy Speaker and MP for Essikado-Ketan, who has also declared his intention to contest the position.
Mr Addai-Nimoh said he would promote the motto of the NPP -“Freedom in Development” to be internally appreciated and espoused by the rank and file of the party so that the unity of the party shall be protected as a duty of every member.
He said he stood for unity of purpose and unity in diversity as a prerequisite towards the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to him, in pursuit of his vision, he would be propelled by the fundamental elements of hard work, honesty and humility, competence, character and care which were basic ingredients required for quality leadership for the party to win political power.
The aspirant said he had enormous innovative and transformational leadership qualities as well as youthfulness, and that he is the youngest to ever represent the party since 1992 and independence, considering the history of the NPP.
Mr Addai-Nimoh is the member of Parliament for Asante Mampong and the ranking member of the Select Committee on Environment, Science and Technology.
He holds a first degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and an executive masters degree in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
A member of the Ghana Institute of Engineers, Civil Division, he has attended several knowledge and skills acquisition courses, seminars and workshops both locally and overseas, which have enhanced his expertise in the civil engineering profession.
He had an incredible career in both private and public sectors at the top level before becoming an MP and worked with the Ministry of Roads and Highways, which offered him the opportunity to traverse the length and breadth of the country, undertaking monitoring and evaluation of road projects.