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Accept President’s MMDCEs Nominees in Good Faith – Buaben Asamoa Tells Party Members

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Report by Bernard K DADZIE


The Director of Communications of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Mr. Yaw Boaben Asamoa, has charged its rank and file to remain calm, respect and accept President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nominees for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

“Every nominee on the list is selected by the President, and we expect party grassroots and executives to trust his judgment and support the approval process for these nominees. Of course, not everyone will have their preferred choice, however, we believe that as much as possible every eligible candidate must have had a fair bite of the election process,” he stressed.

The Director of Communications of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, was addressing a presser on Friday September 17, 2021, at the party’s Headquarters. He tasked the party members to accept the fact that, not every person will have his or her preferred candidate nominated, but asked members to welcome the president’s decision.

“I urge everybody to be calm and to act in ways that promote good relations at a working level to give the nominees the best possible opportunity to work in the interest of the grassroots of the nation,” he stated.

The selection process, according to the NPP’s communications director, reflects the President’s vision for our local governance system and country at large. He urged all former contestants and stakeholders to adopt the nominees as their own, encourage smooth confirmation processes, and support approved MMDCEs to deliver the best to their areas.

The former member of Parliament for Adenta constituency, Mr. Yaw Boaben Asamoa, therefore admonished the new MMDCEs to open up to advice and opinions from the party’s members, including former appointees

Thus to him,  although it is normal for some people to feel unhappy about the nominee list, particularly when their preferred candidates do not make the list, they should still accept whoever the President presents.

For Mr Asamoa, President Akufo-Addo has the prerogative to appoint people who could help him at the local level to enable him realise the vision of his government, hence the need for party supporters to accord him that respect and work with those that he will choose to represent him.

Touching on registration, the NPP’s Communications Director also urged the party members to accord the party’s mass membership registration exercise with the needed seriousness.

“The mass polling station registration will help the party to know the number of people who are likely to vote for the party at any given elections,” he said.

He emphasized that the registration will also help the party to plan for future elections, urging polling station executive and Constituency coordinators to treat the exercise with all seriousness.

It will be recalled that the General Secretary of the party, John Boadu at a press conference at the party’s head office in Accra on Friday, September 10, 2021, announced the decision of the party to commence mass polling station registration exercise, starting September.

The exercise, which is expected to last for 20 days, he explained, will enable the party to know the over six million people that voted for the party in its last election in 2020. About 40,000 registers have so far been sent to all the polling stations where the exercise will take place.

Addressing the media on Friday, Lawyer Yaw Buaben Asamoa, expressed concerns about how some officers are preventing some members from registering, thinking that, the register will be used for internal elections.

He explained, “Party Officer Election registers shall be compiled differently and will be done later per guidelines to be issued… So, we are assuring all our polling station executives to open- up, work hard and try and capture as many persons who are likely to vote NPP as possible. The names should also go into the books that have been provided. Names in any other book not provided by the Party for this exercise will not be valid or properly captured”, he added.

At a news conference, Mr Asamoa also took a swipe at the General Secretary and 2020 presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and former President John Dramani Mahama, for allegedly making false claims to their party members that the NPP cheated them in the 2020 general elections.

He stressed that the NDC could not prove such claims at the country’s Supreme Court and therefore has no basis to be going about telling their supporters that they were cheated.

The Director of Communications of NPP pointed out that Mr Asiedu Nketiah and former President John Mahama are spearheading such claims to enable them lead their party, furthered that Mr Asiedu Nketiah is aiming at the party’s Chairmanship position whilst Mr Mahama wants to be retained as Presidential candidate for 2024 elections.

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