NPP elects regional executives
NANA Adi Ankamah has been re-elected as the Eastern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the third consecutive term at a regional congress at Koforidua on Saturday.
He polled 80 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Kwabena Bimpong, Akim Oda constituency chairman, who had 61 while the District Chief Executive for Yilo Krobo, Mr Christian Kofi Tetteh also retained his post as First Vice Chairman.
The incumbent Regional Secretary, Mr Seth Ahyia, who occupied the post for ten years, lost to Mr Alecs Agobo, the Regional Organiser by 93 votes to 40 votes while Mr George Owusu Gyasi became the Assistant Secretary.
Others elected to the regional executive were Mr George Osei Ameyaw, Second Vice Chairman, Mr S.D. Okyere, Organiser, Mr Edward Dickson Brantuo, Treasurer, Miss Grace Attafuah, Women's Organiser with Mr Richard Anofa becoming Youth Organiser unopposed.
Addressing the congress earlier, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Nana Akufo-Addo said under the able leadership of President John Kufuor the government was laying a strong foundation to enable the country to move forward.
He reminded supporters that since they contributed to the party's victory in the last general elections, they should maintain the unity enable the NPP to win 2004 polls.
Nana Akufo-Addo said under the NPP administration, the country was reaping from its bold decision to access the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative.
He said Ghanaians were also enjoying the rule of law and upholding human rights while "no citizen needed the possession of a party identity card before getting what is due to him or her."
The Foreign Minister, Mr Hackman Owusu-Agyeman said the country had more favourable international image adding that the government would rehabilitate roads to facilitate national development.
The General Secretary of the party, Mr Dan Botwe, asked members to be conversant with the constitution of NPP and warned that anyone who took the party to court without exhausting the laid down process would be suspended.
He said many people had sacrificed to bring the NPP to its current state and called for absolute loyalty and dedication to ensure victory for the party in 2004.
Nana Adi Ankamah on behalf of the executives thanked the members for reposing their confidence in them and gave the assurance that in 2004, they would work hard to win the six seats the NPP lost in the region.