General News of Tuesday, 23 June 2015
The Ashanti Regional branch of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has elected executive members to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years with the General Secretaries of the party and the People’s National Convention (PNC) pledging their readiness for a merger to win the 2016 elections.
First to mount the platform at the Great Hall of GNAT was the General Secretary of the PNC, Mr Bernard Mornah, who made it clear that the PNC was ready to forgo even its name.
He said although he was contesting the position of the National Chairman of his party, if he won and it became necessary to forgo his national chairmanship for the sake of the United Party, he was ready to do that and asked the crowd to take his word for it.
Mr Mornah said what had made the current unity talks different from previous ones were the support from the membership of both parties and the clarion call from Ghanaians for the two parties to come together and present a united front, is great and unprecedented.
For his part, Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, the General Secretary of the CPP, said after the abysmal performance of the two parties, the leaders had decided to enter a merger that would culminate in a single party, with a single name, symbol and motto for a resounding electoral victory in 2016.
Mr Emmanuel Gallo was elected as the new Ashanti Regional Chairman of the CPP on 281 votes. He beat the incumbent, Mr R. O. Frimpong Manso, who had 29 votes and another contender, A. S. Osei Yaw, who also polled 17.
The incumbent Organiser, Dorothy Gifty Antwi, shrugged off the challenge of David Kwasi Annin with 250 against 77 votes.
Issah Abdul Salem, who had 247 votes, was able to unseat the incumbent Regional Secretary, David Essien, who managed 78 votes. The Youth Organiser position was won by E. Ezuah with 207 votes. He beat Osei Kofi Acquah, who had 127 votes.
Sulemana Mohamed was elected as the Regional Treasurer. He polled 247 votes while his only challenger, Rita Nti Adjei, had 79. Samuel Frimpong had 171 votes to beat his only contender, Frederick Antwi, who garnered 154 for the position of Education Secretary.
J. K. Kwakye, James Safo and Millicent Osei were elected unopposed for the positions of First, Second Vice chairmen and Women’s Organiser respectively.
Mounting the platform, the National Chairperson of the CPP, Madam Samia Nkrumah, supported the unity talks and added that the leadership of the two parties were eager to bring a closure to the unity talks.
She said talks between the leadership of the two parties had advanced and that by the end of June, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the CPP would meet and give its approval and endorsement for the unity of the two parties and other details.