Jake Backs Sir John’s Bid

Jake Obetsebi LampteyThe National Chairman for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, has backed the re-election bid of the party’s General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.

In his view, Mr. Afriyie has provided an antidote to Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He said one of the reasons why the party elected Mr. Owusu Afriyie, popularly called “Sir John”, was for him to mobilise the broad masses of the party.

“At the time that Sir John became the General Secretary, we (NPP) were subjected to Asiedu Nketia calling us all sort of names and shouting us from top to bottom (and) there was nobody in the NPP who could shut Asiedu Nketia up.”

“Sir John came [and] you don’t hear Asiedu Nketia because, he knows that if he talks too much “Sir John” will deal with him,” Jake stated.

Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey, who is also seeking re-election, however, conceded that occasionally he gets worried about Sir John’s utterances.

He insisted that the NPP General Secretary was discharging his task of mobilising grassroot support for the party and getting them excited, but added that his ability to silence the NDC’s General Mosquito is “a wonderful by-product”.

On why he was seeking re-election, Jake said it was time he paid back to the party, the investments made in him over the last four years as national chairman.

“I’m much better qualified today to be elected chairman than four years ago. I’ve had the experience on a national scale; I’ve also served previously as Greater Accra Regional chairman, and in my time I won Greater Accra for NPP,” he said.

The opposition party would be going to the polls to elect national officers to steer its affairs for the next four years.

A Vice-Chairman of the party, Mr. Fred Oware, a two- time defeated candidate for the Chairmanship position, Mr. Stephen Ntim, and former Attorney-General, Mr. Ayikoi Otoo, have expressed interest in challenging Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey for the chairmanship.

On his part, Mr. Afriyie has a former Press Secretary to President John Kufuor and a former aide to the late former vice-president Aliu Mahama to contend with.


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