Monday, September 21, 2020

I withdrew from NPP race to allow non-Akans to contest – Akomea

Former Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea has refused to pick nomination forms to contest for the Vice Chairmanship position in the party.

Akomea said he decided after realising that if care is not taken most of the top leadership positions may go to party stalwarts from the “Akan sub-group.”

“When nominations opened last week, l declined to pick forms. What is emerging is that this particular election may present the NPP with the most undiversified national leadership, as almost all the elected positions may be filled from the Akan subgroup. Every effort must be made to ensure that some of these positions have elected members from outside the Akan subgroup,” he added in a post on his Facebook wall.

Nana Akomea who is currently the Managing Director of the State Transport Company, (STC) in the post also said several people had urged him to contest for the party’s top leadership position.

He said even research conducted by the Danquah Institute “found [that] l was the clear, overwhelming favourite for one of the key executive positions.”

Although Akomea said he had wanted to contest, he said:

“It is my great hope that the three Vice Chairmanship positions will afford the election of other members from outside the Akan sub group. I remain thankful to all the groups and individuals who have looked forward to my contest and who will be disappointed now. I assure them it is for the greater good of the party.”

NPP National Delegates Conference postponed to July

The party opened nominations last week ahead of its National Delegates Conference scheduled for July 7, 2018.

Several stalwarts of the party have already picked up their nomination forms.

The acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay and acting General Secretary, John Boadu are among those seeking election as substantive leaders of the party.

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