As enshrined in the New Patriotic party’s constitution in article 7(2a) and (3a) which allows for an election of officers by secret ballot and by simple majority, and rightly so declared by the General Secretary in his recent communique, interested party members have already started playing it out in the social media when the date for the activity was slated for April.
Notable amongst these key personalities whose flyers have popped up and circulating on both social and traditional media are Hon Abraham Dwuma Odoom, Hon Benjamin Kofi Ayeh, Hon Alfred Kojo Thompson and Dr Joseph Kobina Esibu. Interestingly, the two most popular names that vibrate the grounds and resonate with the NPP fraternity are Hon Abraham Dwuma Odoom and Hon Benjamin Kofi Ayeh.
To begin with, Hon Abraham Dwuma Odoom is said to be a top notch politician with huge diversity of experience. His exposure as a District Chief Executive connects him very close to the grassroot than any of the other candidates. The people believe as a former legislator or a member of Parliament (MP) who held different portfolios at the level of committee meetings, he has acquired a lot of leadership skills enough to hold the region compact and united, the reason for choosing the catch phrase, “Obiara ka ho”.
A cross section of the public believe having caught the eye of the former president (President Kufour) to serve in different capacities as a minister of state gives him an added advantage over the rest he proved to be someone who is workaholic and can be trusted. The people asserted that his international relationship with foreign institutions and governments gives him a certain credibility rating that can not be taken away from him. He’s tipped to win contest with a very surprising vote margins because of his grassroot connection and resourcefulness. The general perception is that that the presence of Hon Benjamin Ayeh can split some votes in the the coastal areas in the region.
Another political stalwart who comes close to victory and cannot be taken for granted is Hon Benjamin Kofi Ayeh. He’s a former Member of the sixth Parliament for Upper Denkyira. He contested in the previous regional executive elections and came second with a close margin of 68 votes. He’s very articulate and the people believe he can pull surprises at his second attempt. He’s a business mogul and people believe with him in the race, it will be very tough for any of the candidates to have a smooth sailing. The people think his worth of experience in the august house of parliament and civil service as well as his private life offer him a better opportunity to lead. However, they hold the opinion that if he failed to connect with his base in the previous election, that can negatively affect his fortunes in the elections.
The next aspiring Chairman for the region is Hon Alfred George Kojo Thompson. He’s a former parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast South Constituency. He was also a former Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of National Investment Bank (NIB). Not so much has been heard about him in the mainstream politics in the region. Many people questions his competence and experience in Ghanaian body politics and within central and feel he’s only coming to add to the numbers and use that opportunity as a spring board or a launch pad to step on and demand for a bigger offer from authorities. Others also believe he’s not a team player who can work with people with diverse background and achieve a common goal. One of his threat that comes out strongly and for which people are asking questions is why he was relieved of his post at NIB barely a year into office.
The fourth and perhaps, the final aspiring personality is Dr Joseph kobina Esibu. He’s perceived as an appendage of Kutin and will not do anything different from his boss. He is currently the Regional Treasurer and the Chairman of Cocoa Marketing Board, Ghana. He is a fine gentleman but as stated earlier, people associate him with the camp of Kutin because of his close relationship with him. There is this wide spread rumour that his alignment with the man will not give him the freedom to take decisions by himself because he’ll be controlled by unseen hands. The general public fervently believe voting him into power indirectly means voting his boss for that matter. The news behind the scenes even paints a gloomy picture and gives clear indication that if his boss should stage a come back, he’ll resign. This makes everybody to think that he has an indecision problem. His chances are slim and can’t make it to the top.
It’s generally perceived that the election will be a straight fight between Hon Abraham Dwuma Odoom and Hon Benjamin Kofi Ayeh.
By: Kusi Amoako