Current leadership of NPP is aligned to Akufo-Addo – Ohene Ntow asserts
Posted on: 2014-Sep-03        
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An aide to NPP flagbearer aspirant, Alan Kyerematen, has asserted that the current leadership of the party is dominated by loyalists of lead contender Nana Akufo-Addo.

Nana Ohene Ntow made the claim while trying to explain the abysmal performance of Alan Kyerematen in last Sunday's Special Delegates Congress.

Ohene Ntow, who is also a former General Secretary of the party, in an attempt to explain why Alan Kyerematen polled only 59 votes out of 740 votes said “as far as I can see the current leadership of the party is populated with pro-Nana Akufo-Addo elements”.

In a statement Wednesday, Alan Kyerematen rejected calls on him to step down for Nana Akufo-Addo, two-time flagbearer of the party after losing to him (Akufo-Addo) in the Special Delegates Congress.

In that election to reduce by two, seven aspirants hoping to lead the party in the 2016 general elections, Akufo-Addo polled more than 80%, while Alan Kyerematen, his fiercest contender polled less than 10% of total votes cast.

There have been calls from some elders and supporters of the NPP for Mr Kyerematen and the other four aspirants to withdraw from the October 18 primaries to select a flagbearer following their humiliating defeat.

So far, Mr Joe Ghartey, a former Attorney-General, is the only one who has withdrawn from the race.

However, Alan Kyerematen says his eyes are still fixed on leading the opposition party to the 2016 election and will, therefore, not give up that dream.

Speaking on Top Story Wednesday, Ohene Ntow said one of the reasons for Alan Kyerematen’s defeat is because only National Council members, Regional executives and other leaders of the party were allowed to vote in the Special Delegates Congress.

He, however, said at the National Delegates Congress in October the voting dynamics will change because grassroot supporters will also cast their vote to elect the Presidential candidate.

According to him, Alan Kyerematen is a grassroots man.

Speaking to the widely held view that the current General Secretary of the party, Kwabena Agyapong and party Chairman, Paul Afoko are speculated to be aligned with Alan Kyerematen, he said leadership of the party is not composed of only these two personalities.

“Apart from the General Secretary and the National Chairman, who else can they point to out of the so many at the National council level”?, Ohene Ntow demanded.

He maintains that Alan Kyerematen will win the October 18 primaries when more than 140,000 delegates nationwide vote to select a presidential candidate for the 2016 general elections.

Amoako Baah; Numbers won't matter

Political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Richard Amoako Baah, however thinks the elections in October will not be different from last Sunday’s special congress.

He said assertions by the Alan Kyerematen camp suggesting the scales will tip in favour of the former diplomat in October because the number of delegates will be bigger are unfounded.

“These [delegates] are not ordinary Ghanaians, or uneducated Ghanaians who are swayed by [propaganda]. These are party faithfuls”, he underscored.

"The NPP wants to win and they want to win quickly. They feel that this is all a waste of time", he observed.

According to him, it doesn’t matter the number of people who vote in October, Alan Kyerematen will still not win.

"You can take a poll of 2,00