National Delegates of the biggest opposition party in Ghana, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), will today December 17, elect national executives for the party at the Accra Sports Stadium.
It will be an elective congress and delegates from the party’s various constituencies in the country, including former government appointees of the party, will be eligible to vote and elect fresh leaders to steer the affairs of the party going into the 2024 general election. Almost 9,000 delegates are expected to partake in the voting process today.
The congress is a ‘big test case’ for the NDC, as delegates will be torn between electing their 17-year long-serving General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as the party’s new National Chairman or maintain the current chairman, Hon. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, to lead the party for the next four years.
The strongly contested national chairmanship position will be between a former Member of Parliament, Nii Armah Ashiety, the incumbent Chair, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the incumbent General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and Samuel Yaw Adusei.
Two of the chairmanship candidates, Mr. Asiedu Nketiah and Mr. Ofosu Ampofo have equally expressed confidence in winning the desirable chairmanship position, after working tirelessly for the party.
The former Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Dr. Sherry Ayittey, who is vying for the Vice Chairman position, will be contesting with seven other candidates. They include; Evelyn Enyonam Mensah, Amadu Sorogho, Awudu Sofo Azourka, seth Ofori, Abanga Yakubu and Alhaji Habibu.
The current National Communications Officer of the party, Mr. Sammy Gyamfi is going unopposed. Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey and Peter Boamah Otokunor are also Competing for General Secretary Position.
The party will also elect its National Organiser, Deputy National Organiser, Zongo Caucus Coordinator, and Deputy Communication officer amongst others.
Security At The Event
The Chairman of the NDC National Delegates Congress Planning Committee, Alex Segbefia, in an interview assured the public that adequate security arrangements had been put in place to ensure an incident-free congress today.
The Chairman noted that with the measures put in place, in collaboration with the police, he was confident of a successful congress today.
The Women and Youth Conference, held on December 10, recorded some acts of violence resulting in the injury of two persons.
Following that, the party decided to put in place enhanced security measures in collaboration with the police for today’s congress. Mr Segbefia noted that the committee had also condemned the incident, and called for swift action by the police to bring the perpetrators to book to forestall any future occurrence.