General News of 2014-01-05

I will seek re-election - Jake

National Chairman for the opposition New Patriotic Party, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, has formally announced his intention to seek re-election this year.
In his New Year message to party stalwarts Sunday, Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey pledged, if elected, he would bring to bear, experience and learnings from the 2012 general elections to ensure victory for the NPP in 2016.
"...this is the time for me to announce formally that I will be seeking to be re-elected as your national chairman. I believe we did well in 2012 but we need to do better in 2016 and to do that we need to build on the experience and learnings we have gained.
"That is why I am offering myself with my experience and learnings of especially the last election, for re-election and for 'Victory 2016”.
The race for the NPP's National Chairmanship slot is getting hotter as other party bigwigs including Steven Ntim, Fred Oware and Paul Afoko have all declared their intentions of unseating the incumbent, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey has commended party faithful for the "mature way" in which they handled the recently organised internal elections.
He noted that: "Competition will always stir passion, so it is no surprise that some places should have reached boiling point".
"But we should look at our achievements. We have elected almost 130,000 polling station executives across the country. We have also successfully elected executives for over 90% of the 275 constituencies. This would be a high pass mark in any examination. So I say Ayekoo".