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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Handsome defeats at NDC Congress as Kofi Portuphy, Kofi Adams win

There is a near-total overhaul in the leadership of the governing
National Democratic Congress (NDC) as NADMO boss Kofi Portuphy wins
the hotly contested Chairmanship race.

He beat the incumbent, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, who was seeking a third term
by pulling 2,457 out of the total votes cast. Former Trade Minister,
Dan Abodakpi came in second, securing 610 votes.

Former Attorney-General, Betty Mould Iddrisu, football administrator
Harry Zakour, former Women' Organiser, Anita Desooso, former Local
Government Minister, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, former Education Minister
Lee Ocran and former Ambassador to Egypt, Alhaji Said Sinare, a well
known party guru run out of the crowd to pick the six
Vice-Chairmanship slots.

Rawlings loyalist, Kofi Adams, trounced incumbent National Organiser,
Yaw Boateng Gyan.

General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia who was widely tipped before
the vote to win, retained his position. He polled 2,685 votes to beat
his only challenger, Abdullah Ishaq Farrakhan who polled a paltry 606
votes.

Former Communications Director Koku Anyidoho grabbed one of two Deputy
General Secretary slots.

He was one of six persons vying for the slots available. Former Adenta
MP, Kojo Adu-Asare failed to unseat incumbent George Lawson, picked up
the final ticket.

The congress was preceded by rancour and acrimonious campaigns but the
election process came off peacefully.

The winners were magnanimous and losers were gracious in defeat.

It remains to be seen how they will work together given some of the
aspirants prior Saturday's vote proved to regard others with tamed
condescension.

General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia was reportedly booed by women
in Wa after he tried to campaign against Kofi Adams who was contesting
his colleague and friend, Yaw Boateng Gyan. He later denied the
reports.

But Mr. Adams said the General Secretary had lost respect in the
governing party.

Vice-Chairman, Anita Desosoo, a deputy NADMO Coordinator, and her
boss, Kofi Portuphy were not the best of friends before the delegates'
congress. They traded accusations publicly. Now they have to work
together as national officers of the NDC. It remains to be seen how
they mend the cracks.

The opposition New Patriotic Party had similar cracks prior to, and
even immediately after, the congress where its national officers were
elected.

It appears the NPP has managed to rise above its challenges.
The NDC will hope to do same.

In the meantime, the losers will be licking their wounds whilst the
victors rejoice.



Credit: Myjoyonline.com

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