Politics of 2014-01-08

E/R NPP aspirants get busy ahead of regional elections

With a few weeks to the nationwide elections of regional executives of the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), campaigning in the eastern region is said to be reaching a crescendo.

Scores of party members have expressed interest in contesting various positions at the regional level by picking registration forms with the regional secretariat.

The contest which promises to be a herculean one will see both ‘new and old guards’ flexing muscles.

Whilst a section of the aspirants claim to have adopted the ‘submarine’ strategy of campaigning, others believe coming public means a lot to them.

The week has been an eventful one for a founding member of the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) of the NPP, Kwame Appiah Kodua and a former New Juaben South Constituency Youth Organizer, Hussein Fadilu Fafana as they gear up to contest the regional organizer and youth organizer positions respectively.

Hussein Fadilu Fafana, popularly known as ‘Babs’, a graduate of Koforidua polytechnic has a lot of experience up his sleeves including personal and political development.

Having served on the Koforidua TESCON as an electoral commissioner, a constituency youth organizer and an assembly member for Koforidua Zongo electoral area among many others, connoisseurs believe his rich experience and affable nature will win him majority of the votes.

Addressing journalists about his ambition to lead the party at the youth level, Babs is optimistic he can bridge the vote gap between the NPP and the governing Nationla Democratic Congress (NDC), especially in the Zongo communities. "As someone brought up in the Zongo, my vision is to bring a stop to the notion that the Zongo belongs to the NDC.

I know what they do to win in the zongo’s and I have what it takes to make it for the NPP this time," he stated.

As part of efforts to making the youth a part of the party, Babs disclosed that he will set up a youth wing fund with a seed capital of GH¢10,000.

"The youth of the party must be seen working; we have neglected them for far too long. When I am voted, I will establish a youth wing development fund with a seed capital of GH¢10,000".

Launching his campaign to officially declare his intension to contest the Regional Organizer position, Kwame Appiah Kodua, a product of the University of Cape coast kicked against the notion that the NPP is Akan inclined party.

"My brothers and sisters let me tell you, look at our top hierarchy, it is the only political party that has its top hierarchy padded with all the tribes. So who says NPP is Akan party?".

The three time Fanteakwa constituency youth organizer and organizer disclosed that as part of his efforts at putting a stop to the dwindling fortunes of the party in the region, he hopes to set up a management development fund for the party.

This, according to him, will help the party step up its door-to-door campaign programs to win more souls for the party.

Mr. Kwame Appiah Kodua called for unity in the party, especially at the top level ahead of the 2016 elections.

"Before we can beat the NDC, folks we need to be united as one people. It’s not easy to beat them you know. We need to do away with the camps in the in the party. Whoever is presented as our flagbearer, we must all support him, after all it is power we need," he added.