The Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, who is also the substantive National Organiser, has revealed that the National Steering Committee of the party will meet next week to reschedule the date for its 2018 National Annual Delegates. The NPP had initially fixed June 16 as the date for the conference.
The decision, according to John Boadu, has become necessary, due to the possibility of a clash of dates with the observance of the Eid-Ul-Fitr (Islamic festival for the commemoration of the end of Ramadan Fast), which also happens to be a public holiday, and ought to be observed as such.
He, however, stated that the venue for the conference and every other arrangement, including vetting and other electoral arrangements, would remain unchanged. John Boadu made this disclosure while interacting with party delegates, comprising constituency executives, members of parliament, and municipal and district chief executives in the Brong Ahafo Region, during his regional campaign tour, where he is expected to visit each of the 29 constituencies of the region.
Day 2 of his tour saw him visiting Sunyani West, Jaman South, Jaman North, Dorma Central, Dorma West and Dorma East constituencies, where he interacted with the executives on his message of grassroots empowerment and resourcing of party structures for victory 2020 and beyond. His message was well received by the executives, all of whom pledged to give him 100 percent endorsement, citing also, his unrivaled contribution to the NPP’s historic 2016 electoral triumph and repertoire of experience.
The Constituency Chairman for Dormaa West, Kwame Owusu, for instance, stated that the word “Acting” should certainly not be associated with a colossus like John Boadu, and so they cannot wait to remove it from his title. On the date for the conference, John Boadu pointed out that the reason for the three-week postponement, with respect to the initial date, is because His Excellency President Akufo-Addo would be out of the jurisdiction for various international engagements in the first two Saturdays that come after the initial date.
In view of this, the earliest date the party can hold the 2018 National Annual Delegates conference is July 7, subject to approval by the party’s National Steering Committee, when it meets early next week.