Johnson Asiedu Nketia has proven to be a very shrewd politician in the country, very unpredictable and well calculated. He showed such enigmatic traits during the last national executive elections of the NDC when he dribbled almost everyone who was in contention to pick up the General Secretary position because initially, General Mosquito claimed he was not seeking re-election.
Shockingly, the maverick politician returned and did not only held on to the position, but also retained it with ease. He beat and reduced his maintain contender, Koku Anyido to an also-run. He thrashed him in a virtually one-sided bout. But Asiedu Nketia says this time round, he is moving to the position of party (NDC) chairman. Yet, people are still skeptical about his intentions because of his history in such circumstances. And many believe, he has the Midas touch in such situations. Should incumbent Ofosu Ampofo be worried? Maybe, he should!
However, close aides have hinted this author that this time, General Mosquito has his mind set on the championship and has no plans of reneging or boycotting it at the final hurdle, as he did previously. But many within the NDC believe despite his towering pedigree in the party, Asiedu Nketia will not find easy dislodging chairman Ofosu Ampofo, if the latter decides to seek for re-election.
It was first thought Ofosu Ampofo is a member of former President Mahama’s inner cabinet, which obviously, would have meant that two members (Asiedu Nketia and Ofosu Ampofo) of the same grouping would be slugging it out to break the Mahama front. Latest information pieced together from multiple NDC sources however, indicate that Ofosu Ampofo does not see himself as a member of the Mahama faction. It’s even being suggested that Ofosu Ampofo is considering pitching in the party’s presidential primary.
That will mean, contesting former president John Mahama, Governor Duffour and Kojo Bonsu. Many NDC supporters are however excited by the news of General Mosquito’s chairmanship bid. To this party faithful, this is the time NDC would need the steeled character of Asiedu Nketia as the chair of the party. The NDC is also looking at the broader spectrum of Ghanaian politics where almost every political party will be holding their national delegates congress to elect party executives.
But one internal party elections that the NDC is watching closely from the sidelines is that of the NPP. Some distinguished NPP stalwarts like perennial chairmanship contestant, Stephen Ntim, Prof. Ameyaw Akumfi, and Stephen Asamoah Boateng have all declared their intentions of succeeding Freddy Blay, the current NPP chairman. It’s unclear whether Freddy Blay himself would be seeking re-election in the NPP’s chairmanship race.
That doesn't seem to be the case. Media reports suggest that the establishment is supporting the candidature of Stephen Ntim and that therefore nullifies any intentions of Freddy Blay running again as the party’s chairman. In the estimation of many NDC folks, the 2024 election will be a major watershed to determine the next direction of the party—a win will bolster supporter confidence; a defeat, will likely send the NDC to yet another opposition beyond 2028.
And therefore what the party needs now is a robust and credible assembly of party leadership that can meet the NPP boot-for-boot in 2024. One individual being touted as the most suitable to lead the NDC charges is Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who has shown it all in his tenure as party General Secretary and therefore can replicate same as chairman. In the last elections, it took the bravery of Asiedu Nketia to halt people suspected to be Ivorians from coming to vote in the Ghanaian elections through some unauthorized routes around Ghana’s border with La Cote d’Ivoire in the Bono Region.
Not the strong military presence at the scene could cow General Mosquito into submission; he stood his grounds and ensured that the said foreigners did not get access to any of the polling stations in the Region. As General Secretary, he has not shied away from controversy, often times, to an indecent level in promoting the cause of the NDC.
However, politicians would tell you, it’s part of the game that offer assurance to party supporters and the conviction that they have leaders that they can rely on. Will there be anyone from the camps of Kojo Bonsu and Governor Duffuor to compete Asiedu Nketia? He’s definitely, is a Mahama ally and anyone determined to contest him should be able to deal with the Mahama hegemony in the NDC.
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