A private legal practitioner based in Accra is torn between acquiescing to suggestions by some friends not to contest parliamentary primaries of the Navrongo Central Constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and pressures from members of the party in the constituency to represent the party in the 2020 parliamentary election,Weekend Today can report.
Sources at NDC’s office in the constituency told Weekend Today that, Lawyer Peter Kaba, the man, described by many, including members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) as “kind” and “affable” has been inundated with calls from admirers and the rank and file of the NDC, pleading with him not to turn them down.
The Navrongo Central parliamentary seat is currently being occupied by an NPP member, Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda, who is also the Minister for Aviation.
The NDC’s Hon. Mark Owen Woyongo lost the seat to the NPP in the last elections.
But the NDC, our sources said, was working hard to recapture the seat, hence the call on Lawyer Kaba to represent the party in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
“The calls coming in from senior members of the party in and out of the constituency including supporters and admirers of Lawyer Kaba are amazing, and for that matter, we cannot afford to let the NPP retain the seat when we have a person like Lawyer Kaba to recapture the seat for us, an executive member of the party in the constituency told this reporter in an interview via telephone yesterday.
Our checks in the constituency showed that five (5) people from the NDC have expressed interest in the Navrongo Central seat.
But amongst the five, one Gabriel Akoka, who calls himself an opinion leader of the party in the constituency told Today that none is the best bet for NDC in 2020, unless Lawyer Kaba joins the race.
Speaking also in an interview with Weekend Today, he extolled the virtues of Lawyer Kaba, describing him as the “people’s choice.
According to him, his kind nature and humility make him the party’s choice for the Navrongo Central seat.
“Most activists and functionaries of the NDC in our constituency believe Lawyer Peter Kaba is the ideal man to recapture the Navrongo Central seat for us in 2020”, he said.
He added: “Lawyer Kaba in today’s Navrongo Central NDC is the best material that we have” but, was quick to add that; the decision to contest the party’s 2020 parliamentary primaries “will totally depend on him”.
Also adding his voice to the numerous calls on Lawyer Kaba to consider contesting the Navrongo Central Parliamentary primary of the NDC, Branch Executive Chairman of Saboro Electoral Area of the NDC, Dominic Awiah appealed to the party hierarchy not to impose anybody on the constituency as its parliamentary candidate in 2020.
He was optimistic that, if Lawyer Kaba is elected in the parliamentary primary to lead the NDC in the constituency, “recapturing the seat from the NPP will be a forgone conclusion”.
“We can’t gamble with the seat this time, and allow anybody who has no political clout, and understands the principles and ideals of the NDC to lead the party in the constituency”, he added.
Meanwhile our sources at the Adabraka headquarters of the NDC say the party national executives have decided to listen to the voice of the people at the grass roots this time “so that the party can recapture the seats it lost in 2016, and as well win more”.
About Lawyer Peter Kaba
A little research done by Weekend Today revealed that Lawyer Peter Kaba is a product of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ). He completed the Notre Dame Seminary Secondary School in 1974 and the GIJ in 1977.
He was among ten “best students” of the GIJ needed by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s Theophilus Ewusie Brookman (now late) at that time for employment. He is also a product of the University of Cape Coast and a graduate of a number of institutions in the United States of America (USA) and the former Soviet Union now Russia.
He served both the Chairman of the Supreme Military Council of General Acheampong, and the Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council. He was one of the pioneer militias trained in 1982 with the then Regional Secretary, Hon. Hudu Yahaya. They both traversed the terrains of the north to explain the revolution to the millions of Ghanaians.
He rose through the ranks of a junior reporter to become the Director of Policy and Planning and special assistant to the then Director General, Ms Eva Lokko.
He had earlier served as Regional Director for the then Brong Ahafo Region having completed his tour as Regional Correspondent for Northern, Upper West and Central Regions. He was vocal on the airwaves on a popular programme called SEVEN DAYS.
He took the mantle of Executive Secretary of Vice Chancellors Ghana and brought visibility to the organization that coordinates all public universities. Nationally and internationally, VCG is a household name and the Universities are given reference with respect to national issues.
He hosted the Association of Commonwealth Universities conference in Accra which saw over 450 delegates descend on Accra from the Commonwealth, which the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland described as the best well organized since 1918.
Story: News Desk