NPP Ends Vetting Of Aspirants

npp vettingThe Vetting Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would today release the names certified candidates vying for various national positions as vetting ended peacefully yesterday.
In all forty-four aspirants were vetted by the nine-member committee during the two-day exercise held at the party’ head office in Accra.

Each candidate would be given a certificate testifying he or she had satisfied all the requirements in order to have the name printed on the ballot paper for the upcoming national executive election scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at Tamale, in the Northern Region.

The nine-member Vetting Committee comprised C.K.Tedan as (Chairman) with Most Reverend Dr Asante Antwi, Dr. Agyei Bawuah, Mr. Emmanuel Ayikwei –Otooi, Mr. Kwabena Sarpong.

The rest are Ms. Cecelia Dapa, Ms. Catherine Afeku, Brigadier Josepgh Odoi (Rtd), Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah and Kojo Opare Hammond

The Director of Finance and Administration, Kojo Opare Hammond told the Times that aspirants who did not receive their certificate were automatically disqualified from the contest and would not have their filing fees refunded.

He added that this also meant that those who were certified were cleared to officially campaign for the elections.

Twenty-three of the aspirants were vetted on Thursday, whilst the others appeared earlier on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, those vying for the youth organizer position of the NPP, Sammy Awuku, Charles Adu Gyamfi, Michael Kwabena, Ampong Gifty Oware and Emmanuel Attefuah-Danso, Pius Enam Hadzide and Richard Nyamah were to be vetted.

Also vetted the same day were Mawusi .N. Awity, Otiko Djaba and Tina Mensah who are gunning for the women’s organiser slot.

For the national organiser position, Alhaji Moctar Bamba, Hopeson Adorye and John Boadu were quizzed by the committee.

The last batch of aspirants vetted were Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim, Alhaji Kamal-Deen, Ahaji Abdulai Taminu, Salihu Yahaya Bo, Alhaji Ahmed Sadat Awudu, Kassim Ibrahim, Haruna Mohammed Maiga, Alhaji Baba Gado Ibrahim and Mr Abudakari Sulemana,aspiring for the position of national Nasara coordinator.

The vetting process which begun at exactly 11:30 on Thursday witnessed the contestants including those who have travelled from farer afield accompanied by their relatives, friends and sympathizers.

Unlike the first day of the vetting where supporters were fewer, hundreds of supporters thronged the headquarters to support of their aspirants, yesterday.
The walls of the headquarters were also not spared as more posters were literally “painted” them whilet others engaged in bricks businesses by selling all sort of party items.

The euphoria the place lighted up when the incumbent general secretary of the party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as “Sir John”, arrived and dressed in an all white attire with the embossed inscription “The Only Sir”

His arrival saw some of the supporters shouting “no change”, while others waved their handkerchiefs and cloths to signal his victory.

Few minutes later, Kwabena Agyepong who is also vying for the general secretaryship come out gentle whiles and walked gorgeously from his V8 Toyota Land Cruiser.

At that moment, the crowd was in a state of esctacy as supporters shouted and calling the names of their favorite aspirants.

Those vetted on final day for the general secretary position, were Captain Nkrabea Effah Dartey (Rtd), Kwabena A. Agyepong, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and Yaw Buaben Asamoah.

Also vetted yesterday were Kwabena Abankwa Yeboah, Madam Sussie Mensah, Madam Esther Ofori and Hajia Ahmed Sauda Ruka for the national treasurer slot.

Paul Afoko, Steven Ntim, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and Fred Oware completed th list for the national chairman position.

The last batch of aspirants to be vetted for the day were Sheik T.B. Damba, Mrs Philomena Serwaa Akoto Sam, Mr F.F. Anto, Hajia Fati Amadu, Freddie Blay, Sammy Crabbe, Afua Kyerewah Nyantayi, Fred Amankwah-Sarfo, Micheal Omari Wadie, Mogtari Sahanum and Kenwuud Nuworsu, who are aspiring for the national vice chairmen positions. By Bernard Benghan

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