Kumasi to host NDP Congress
From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi
The City of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, is expected to come alive again this weekend, as it once again, plays host to another political party, the newly-formed National Democratic Party (NDP), which is set to hold its maiden Delegates Congress in the city on the heels of the exit of the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo from the region.
Delegates of the party, The Chronicle gathered, will be gathering at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium to elect a flagbearer of the party, come Saturday the 13th of this month.
It will bring to five the number of political parties that chose Kumasi as the venue for their delegates’ congress, with the likes of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Independent People’s Party (IPP), United Renaissance Party (URP) and the United Front Party (UFP) having held their congresses in the city.
The National Communications Director of the party, Ernest Owusu Bempah, told a local radio station in Kumasi that everything was set for the party’s biggest congress to elect its presidential candidate.
He said 10 delegates from all 39 constituencies across the country would participate in the congress.
According to Owusu Bempah, about four candidates had already picked nomination forms to contest for the position, but he was, however, quick to add that it was possible the former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, may receive an overwhelming endorsement.
Disclosing that the former First Lady would soon tender in her resignation from the NDC and make her position public, Owusu Bempah said the rumours which were doing the rounds that Nana Konadu had deserted the NDP were not true, adding that the former First Lady and her husband, Mr. J. J. Rawlings, were in full support of the party.
Asked why the congress of the party had suffered several postponements, Owusu Bempah said the situation was due to the increasing number of candidates willing to lead the party, and pleas by parliamentary candidates for some time to enable them regularise their candidature.
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