General News of Saturday, 17 November 2018
Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, Ade Coker says the ‘dust’ that was ‘thrown’ into the eyes of Ghanaians by the ruling NPP government is gradually wearing off, so much so that they want the ‘rejected stone’; the NDC back in power.
According to him, reality has set in for most people now because they have seen the lies of the NPP government manifest through their many unfulfilled promises made to them. Ghanaians he says, would at this point gladly appreciate efforts of the NDC than stick with the ‘emptiness’, ‘insensitivity’ and ‘despondency’ they are getting from the NPP.
Speaking at the 9th Annual National Delegates Congress, Ade Coker said “those who thought the previous NDC administration was not doing enough are today crying the face of emptiness, insensitivity and despondency. They can now see through the lies of this government”.
“The 350 new secondary school promised is gone with the wind, the one-village-one dam is still waiting for a clear dry season, the one-district-one factory promise is now purely private sector project, the cedi goes wherever it wants to without curfew and all these failures are coming at a time that revenue has increased… The long and short of it is that they now want us back and we must get back for our children, our friends and every other Ghanaian”, he added.
He further said it would be advisable for Ghanaians to have a competent party that can run the country than a party that does little to stabilise the economy and increase revenue.
“Something is always better than nothing and more will always exceed less”, he stated.
The 9th National Annual Delegates Congress of the NDC has 65 aspirants consisting of 59 males and six females contesting for various national executive positions of the party.
About 15,000 people, made up of 5,650 observers and 9,350 delegates are expected to decide on which of the aspirants they would prefer to manage the affairs of the party in the upcoming years.
As many as 300 police officers have been deployed and according to the police, they’ve made adequate preparations to provide security for the aspirants, delegates and officials of the Electoral Commission.
So far, the race for the National Chairman and the General Secretary seem to be the one generating most interest among the citizenry.
Perhaps the most revered and favourite politician of Ghanaians, Johnson Asiedu Nketia is for the first time in a long time facing stiff opposition from his second in command, Koku Anyidoho who has vowed to unseat his boss as the General Secretary in this keen contest.
For the position of the National Chairman, five stalwarts of the party are vying. They are a former Trade and Industry Minister and former NDC MP for Keta, Mr Dan Abodakpi; the party’s former Director of Elections, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo; a former Attorney General and current Vice-Chairperson, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu; a businessman, Mr Daniel Anang, and Alhaji Huudu Yahaya.
The incumbent, Kofi Portuphy however decided to sit this one out by not seeking re-election.
Two constituencies barred
Two constituencies; Affram Plains South and Kade, both in the Eastern Region will not take part in the congress for the reason that they have not been able to hold elections at the branch level.
Also barred from the elections are some foreign branches of the party, for the same reason.
What the affected constituencies and branches can do is attend the congress as observers but not as delegates.