From Alfred Kwesi Adams, Takoradi .
The former Western Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Toku, will be seeking to ‘revenge’ the defeat and humiliation he suffered at the hands of the sitting Chairman of the party, Mr. Michael Aidoo, when the two come face-to-face for another grueling regional party election.
Nana Toku collapsed while the ballot was being counted, after realising that he had been defeated by his rival, Michael Aidoo. Notwithstanding this trauma, Nana Toku has decided to stage a comeback with the aim of unseating the incumbent.
Michael Aidoo, the incumbent, on the other hand, is also desperately fighting to maintain the seat. Connoisseurs have already described the battle as a ‘do and die’ affair, as at the close of nominations, only the two had filed their papers.
Information available to The Chronicle indicates that the duo is among 45 candidates seeking to occupy various positions in the party in the region.
The positions include Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Vice, Organiser and Deputy, Communication Officer and Deputy, Treasurer and Deputy, Women’s Organiser, Zongo Coordinator, and Youth Organiser and Deputy throughout the 23 districts of the Western Region.
Mr. Joseph Nelson, the incumbent Regional Secretary, who belongs to the camp of the former Regional Chairman, told the Ghana News Agency in Takoradi that once the process of picking forms had ended, the Regional Elections Committee would have all the 45 candidates vetted from August 1st to 5th before the regional elections come off on August 25, 2018.
He urged all candidates to engage in civilised politics, devoid of character assassination, and rather concentrate on their policies and plans to enable the party forge ahead into victory in the 2020 elections.
If the 45 candidates all sail through after vetting, the incumbent Secretary would come face to face with the Communications Officer, Mr. Famous Tumi Acquah, who has filed to contest the Secretary position.
Japheth Baidoo, the incumbent Organiser, would slug it out with Yonous Mohammed, the incumbent Youth Organiser who is seeking elevation to occupy the Organiser position.
Nana Toku told the press, after picking his nomination form amidst pomp and pageantry, that he decided to stage a comeback for his position after extensive consultations with elders, grassroots members, and rank and file of the party amongst others.
He said the decision to personally pick the nomination form follows what he described as intense pressure from NDC members who were clamouring for his return as Chairman of the party, considering his track record.
It is on record that the former Regional Chairman increased the parliamentary seats of the party from 11 to 18. He also succeeded in increasing the presidential votes for the party in 2012, but the delegates did not consider this and showed him the exit.
Considering the abysmal performance of the party in the 2016 elections where it lost most of the parliamentary seats, chances are that Nana Toku could reclaim his position. This is what is probably goading the former chairman to contest again.
Nana Toku has already assured the rank file of the party that he would not disappoint them when given the nod to lead the party once again.
He has promised to recapture all the parliamentary seats they lost in the 2016 elections.
Toku has also promised to work extra hard with the executives of the party to revitalise the energies of all sympathisers, rebuild structures at the grassroots, and introduce pragmatic measures necessary to win new ‘souls’ for the party.
According to him, unity and quality human relations, which have always been his trump card, would propel his administration to greater heights, and appealed to all his supporters to embrace the wind of change that would blow in the region after he assumes the leadership of the party.