Aspiring National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Alhaji Abubakari Abdul-Rahman popularly known as Alhaji Short has withdrawn from the National Chairmanship race.
In a statement copied to Peacefmonline.com, he says his decision comes after a long introspection and consideration.
"I believe the interest of the party will be best served by my withdrawal," a statement signed by his Campaign Manager read.
The immediate past Upper West Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Abubakari Abdul-Rahman picked nomination forms to contest the National Chairman position of the party.
Alhaji Short said he was coming into the contest with an immediate goal to ensure that the party retains power in the 2020 general elections and to sustain it for at least 20 years.
“We need to be in power for long so that we can have full realisation of our policies,” he said, adding that the eight years is not enough for the party to fully implement the “good and noble” policies that it has promised Ghanaians.
However, confirmed reports indicated he had resign to give his support to the immediate acting Chairman of the party, Mr. Freddie Blay.
The race is now between the acting National Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay, Mr. Stephen Ayensu Ntim, Dr Richard Amoako Baah and David Kankam Boadu.
The remaining four will meet the National Elections Committee, under the Chairmanship of Most Rev. Dr. Asante Antwi on Friday, 1st June, 2018 for vetting.
The NPP will elect new national officers at its national delegates conference in Koforidua between June 15 and 17, 2018.
Read full statement below:
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE NPP NATIONAL CHAIRMANSHIP RACE (ALHAJI ABUBARKARI ABDUL-RAHMAN- ALHAJI SHORT)
On Thursday, 31st May 2018, I served notice of my withdrawal from the national chairmanship race of our party, the New Patriotic Party.
After long introspection and consideration, I believe the interest of the party will be best served by my withdrawal.
To all my supporters and sympathisers, I want to thank you for your support. To the grassroots of our party who wished me well, thank you for your encouragement.
And to all the members of my team, I thank you for your dedication. To all and sundry, I apologise for any inconvenience my decision have caused you .
Long live the NPP!
Kwabena Marfo Campaign Manager