Odeneho Under Pressure To Contest Ashanti NPP Chair
Odeneho Kwaku Appiah is now a household name in political circles in Ashanti region, particularly among followers of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Local radio stations, particularly in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, are inundated with calls by party followers, supporters and sympathisers, including communicators and serial callers on the Afigya Kwabre South NPP constituency chairman, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, alias OKA, to contest the impending Regional Congress of the party.
His political background as a former assemblyman and constituency chairman for 20 years and regional treasurer for the party, as well as serving as the chairman of the NPP constituency chairmen in Ashanti region, explains why followers are proposing his candidature for the Ashanti regional chairmanship slot.
Eric Wiafe Akenteng, aka Kwame NPP, Seth Kwadwo Boateng (Seth Daaban) and
AdizaDagomba, constituting themselves as the Concerned Callers of NPP in Ashanti Region are reiterating calls on daily basis for Odeneho Kwaku Appiah to consider his decision to contest to ensure a change in leadership of the party in the region.
Touting reasons why their proposal should be given a serious consideration, the callers said measures including effective leadership must be put in place to consolidate the gains of the party in Ashanti Region, which has been the focus of every major election since Ghana embarked on her democratic journey in 1992.
The choice of Odeneho Appiah, as the preferred candidate for the Ashanti NPP chairmanship, is premised on the observations of the proponents in comparing the leadership style and performance of the NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the region.
They noted that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Regional chairman, Augustus Andrew Nana Akwasi, seen as calm and timid, led the party to garner 652,962 votes representing 26.5%, an increase of 3.5% in 2020 elections as an improvement over the 2016 election in which the NDC won 3 parliamentary seats, which represents 6.4%, with 497,242 presidential votes representing 23.03% of the total vote cast.
According to the callers, even though Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi has chalked some successes over the last few years as the regional chairman of the party, the party’s electoral fortunes keep dwindling since the 2016.
The group noted that under the leadership of Chairman Wontumi, who had served as Bosomtwe constituency chairman before contesting the regional chairmanship, the NPP won 44 parliamentary seats representing 96.3%, with 1,646,949 Presidential votes, representing (76.3%) in the 2016 election.
They said this achievement got into his head and he suddenly resorted to displaying his affluent life publicly, mentioning that almost three months to election 2020, Wednesday, September 2, he displayed about six bars of pure gold on live Television to indicate how rich he is.
This show of wealth, according to the concerned callers, angered many well-meaning party sympathizers across the country as some called on party leadership to call him to order.
The incumbent chairman was also described as a “One-man contingent” and a selfish leader who disregards team work following his self-pronouncement.
The callers accused him of taking unnecessary and undue praises in areas where party executives have worked collectively.
Cataloguing traits of flaws in Chairman Wontumi’s leadership, the callers referred to 2018 when over 70 Members of the Volunteer Media Communicators in the Region, set their mobile phones on fire as a sign of registering their displeasure over neglect by party leadership in the region.
The callers also referred to the imposition of party executives in the June 2020 primaries which affected the party resulting in a drop in the parliamentary seats from 44 to 43 representing 89.4% with a Parliamentary Candidate going solo.
According to them, Chairman Wontumi had, earlier in January 2020, declared at an extraordinary meeting of regional leadership, that all sitting Members of Parliament go unopposed as against the National Executives decision to conduct parliamentary primaries for constituencies claiming the party’s constitution allows him to unilaterally disqualify members who are not in his good books from contesting.
The agitators also mentioned that during a voter registration exercise for prospective voters on May, 2, 2016, a heated factionalism-based argument resulted in the regional chairman slapping a Member of Parliament for Manhyia North, Collins Owusu-Amankwah at a polling centre in Krofrom in Kumasi.
They also pointed to a situation, which caused the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong to caution Chairman Wontumi in June, 2020 over sponsorship of another candidate within the NPP to contest incumbent MP, K.T. Hammond.
The callers also took note of a sit down strike by party communicators this year who blamed the regional chairman over neglect and misappropriation of funds.
It is in the face of this analysis that the callers are prevailing on Odeneho to make a firm decision to contest the regional chairmanship slot when nominations open next year saying the Ashanti region needs a unifier, a radical and a tactical leader to win election 2024.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest