Brong-Ahafo NPP endorses Akufo-Addo

nana picConstituency chairmen, Members of Parliament, some current and former regional executives and gurus of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Brong-Ahafo Region have endorsed the candidature of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ahead of the August 31 Special Electoral College.

The endorsement occurred at the main auditorium of the Sunyani Polytechnic when Nana Akufo-Addo met delegates in the region as part of his nationwide tour to canvass for votes.

Nana Akufo-Addo, twice the NPP’s presidential candidate would face six other aspirants in August poll, namely Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, Joe Ghartey, Francis Addai-Nimoh, Kofi Konadu Apraku, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng and Dr. Kofi Osei Ameyaw.

At the meeting, NPP Brong-Ahafo regional chairman, Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh, assured that the 70 delegates in the region would vote for Nana Akufo-Addo in the upcoming special primary.

According to the chairman, the decision by Nana Akufo-Addo to contest the 2014 presidential primary of the party was largely borne out of the pressure the region, and others put on him in the aftermath of the verdict of the presidential election petition.

“We (regional executives), on behalf of the region, went to Nima (Akufo-Addo’s residence) and asked him to come back and lead the party into the 2016 election. So if he is here today to campaign, it is because we, as a region, asked him to,” the regional chairman noted.

He continued, “this is the time. He has done his bit by deciding to contest. Now, we have to do our bit and vote for him. Let your thumb do the declaration on August 31, let it work and let us show our love for Nana Akufo-Addo. When the time is due, I urge all of you to cast your votes for Nana Akufo-Addo. Nana Akufo-Addo is our choice.”

Mr. Kofi Agyei, Berekum East Chairman, who spoke on behalf of the 29 constituency chairmen of the region, thanked Nana Akufo-Addo for selecting Mr. Stephen Ntim, former National 1st NPP Vice Chairman of the party, the sector head of his campaign for the flagbearership of the NPP in the Brong-Ahafo, Eastern and Ashanti regions.

This, in his view, was a clear manifestation of the unity Nana Akufo-Addo would bring to the party when he wins the October 18 primary.

According to Mr. Agyei, the decision taken by the aspirant not to seek a review of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the election petition preserved the peace of Ghana.

All 29 constituency chairmen subsequently lined up and declared their support, individually, for the candidature of Nana Akufo-Addo.

On behalf of the Members of Parliament in the region, Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, MP for Sunyani East, pledged the support of MPs in the region for Nana Akufo-Addo, re-echoing the sentiments shared by the regional chairman.

“If my boss is now working for Nana Akufo-Addo, why would I work for any other person. The grassroots and the people in my constituency are saying it is Nana they want. Bring any other person, and we will not vote. So I am here today to tell you that I am for Nana Akufo-Addo,” the Chairman said.

Present at the meeting were amongst others Stephen Ntim, former 1st National NPP Vice Chairman; Kweku Agyenim Boateng, MP for Berekum West; Major Oduro Derek (Rtd.), MP for Nkoranza North; Joseph Dahan Benharin, MP for Asutufi North; Siaka Stevens, MP for Jaman North; Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, MP for Sunyani East; Robert Sarfo-Mensah, Brong-Ahafo parliamentary caucus chairman and MP for Asunafo North; Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, MP for Dormaa Central.

Others are Freda Prempeh, MP for Tano North; Boakye Agyarko, 2012 Campaign Manager of the NPP; former Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister and former Minister for Local Government, Adjei Darko; Nana Obiri Boahen, former Minister of Interior; Kwame Ampofo Twumasi, former Deputy Minister for Education and former MP for Nkoranza South; former NPP Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman, Kojo Fordjour; some former District Chief Executives under the NPP government; regional NPP executives; and all 29 constituency chairmen.

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