Politics of 2014-03-25

Akomea endorses Afoko for NPP chair

Paul Afoko, an aspirant for the national chairmanship of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), says he represents the broader masses of the Ghanaian populace that the NPP needs to win the 2016 elections.

Therefore, he said, choosing him as chairman of the NPP would brighten the chances of the party at the 2016 general election.

Mr Afoko was interacting with delegates drawn from the 29 constituencies in the Greater Accra Region on Friday, during which he received the endorsement of

Nana Akomea, a former Communications Director of the NPP. Present at the meeting was Mr Emmanuel Agyarko, the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Wuogon in Accra.

According to Mr Afoko, the NPP needed to make inroads into the three northern regions and all the northern settler communities in southern Ghana to cross the 50 per cent plus one barrier, adding, “My chairmanship will not only help break that barrier but also go a long way to erase the erroneous perception that the NPP is an Akan party.”

Addressing the delegates, Mr Afoko said the 2010 population census showed that 46 per cent of the population of the Brong Ahafo Region, 36 per cent of the Western Region and 26 per cent of the Ashanti Region were made up of northerner settlers.

He said if the party thought strategically and wanted to win power in 2016, then its main goal and choice of who should be national chairman should be obvious to all.

Nana Akomea, a former Minister for Manpower and Social Welfare, who was present at the meeting, endorsed Mr Afoko as his preferred choice for the position of National Chairman of the NPP.

He argued that in the most likely prospect that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo became the party’s flag bearer for the 2016 election, it was only proper that the chairmanship of the party went to Mr Afoko, so that the two could work together to heal the wounds and foster unity in the party.

Nana Akomea lauded Mr Afoko for his broad-based support across the country, his contributions to the party at all levels and his ability to communicate in several languages, especially those in northern Ghana, and said all those qualities would make the NPP more attractive to many more Ghanaians.