Even before the Convention People’s Party (CPP) national delegates could converge to decide on the choice of a candidate for the 2016 presidential poll, the grounds appear to favour Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, the immediate past General Secretary of the party.
Already, Ivor’s “Aseε Hͻ” fever seems to have taken over the party as it heads to congress tomorrow, January 30, 2016 at the Trade Fair Site to elect the party’s flagbearer.
The courageous and dazzling performance he exhibited during the novel intra-party presidential debate on Tuesday night only came to enhance the already widespread popularity he enjoys among the three other aspirants.
The CPP delegates, drawn from about 275 constituencies in the country, have four candidates to choose from.
They are, in order of appearance on the ballot paper, Samia Y. Nkrumah, Joseph Agyapong, Bright O. Akwetey and Ivor Kobina Greenstreet.
DAILY GUIDE conducted a survey on the performance of each of the candidates nationwide.
Samia Yaaba Nkrumah enjoys the privilege of being the daughter of the founder of the party, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah; and having served as a Member of Parliament before, she is seen as having potential votes from the Western Region.
She however suffers the disadvantage of being considered as a not-too-successful chairperson when she presided over the party.
Samia is also seen as a divisive leader and has been accused of pushing Dr Nduom and Dr Sakara out of the party.
Joseph Agyapong is a businessman who is considered very new in CPP politics and most of the delegates seem to be seeing him the first time.
His campaign of injecting resources into the party, coupled with the display of cars and logistics, is indeed boosting his chances.
Bright Akwetey, a seasoned lawyer and two-time attempted presidential candidate, enjoys popularity among the delegates as the advocate of the party in almost all their cases in court. He led the party’s legal team in the recent case of the Genetically Modified Organisms, which they lost.
Ivor, also a lawyer, has been the General Secretary of the party since his election at the Kumasi Congress in 2007.
At the 2011 Congress, Ivor was re-elected as the only candidate.
The two-time General Secretary’s popularity hinges on what the delegates say is his “clean heart, loyalty to the rank and file and very deep knowledge of issues of governance, economy and the welfarist philosophy of the CPP.”
They also claim that he is the candidate who can garner the most votes for the party in the November 7, 2016 polls.
Aseε Hͻ Magic
“Aseε hͻ”, a Twi phrase which could be translated as “down there”, is the position Ivor occupies on the ballot paper.
This very phraseology was used by former President John Agyekum Kufuor and the NPP in the 2000 elections they won. It is yet another winning phrase, some of the delegates contend.
Some delegates believe it is only Ivor who can unify the CPP and the large Nkrumaist family.
Several delegates who spoke to DAILY GUIDE on condition of anonymity said, “The courage and bravery with which he articulates his carefully selected words are indeed incredible,” a delegate said.
What is also working in the favour of the son of two professors is his ability to draw from and engage with both the Abu Sakara forces and remnants of Nduom – two past presidential candidates who seem to have some issues with the way the CPP was run under Samia.
Ivor Greenstreet can pull a big surprise as delegates crave for him.
A DAILY GUIDE Report