Former President John Dramani Mahama is still in charge of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) after the party’s 9th National Delegates’ Congress to elect national officers for the party towards 2020 elections and beyond.
The longest ever congress held by any political party in Ghana since the inception of the Fourth Republic saw perceived loyalists of Mr Mahama clinch victory in all the positions they vied for.
The two days congress which started on Saturday, November 17, and ended Sunday evening, November 18, 2018 at the International Trade Fair Centre in Accra had 65 candidates vying for 10 national positions including the national chairmanship, general secretaryship, national organizer, communication director and among others.
9,350 delegates in all were expected to vote.
Among all the positions contested including the positions of the deputies, the afore-mentioned positions seemed to have generated most interest among the citizenry.
For instance, the position of the communications Director, as at the time of filing this report , provisional results had put Mr Mahama’s darling boy , Sammy Gyamfi far ahead of his only contender, Fred Agbenyo.
Sammy Gyamfi who is a lawyer received a resounding victory, beating the current Deputy Communications Director of the party by 4,000 votes.
Provisional results by the Electoral Commission (EC) which supervised the elections showed Sammy Gyamfi garnered 6,225 of the over 9,00 votes cast.
Fred Agbenyo managed a paltry 2,225.
Also for the general secretary position which was described by many political pundits as ‘Master and Apprentice contest, Koku Anyidoho who was the deputy general secretary of the NDC could not outperform his boss, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who beat him to keep his position.
Anyidoho polled a mere 1,625 votes after ballots were counted.
Many described the decision by Koku Anyidoho to contest the 62-year-old incumbent as risk that could cost him his political future in the largest opposition party.
Another Mahama’s loyalist, Samuel Ofosu- Ampofo who also contested for the party’s national chairmanship position won according to provisional results.
He beat former general secretary of the party, Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, former Trade and Industry Minister under Rawlings regime, Dan Abodakpi, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Betty Mould Iddrisu and a businessman , Danny Annang.
The election of the above persons to steer the affairs of the NDC for the next four years, according to some insiders of the party, will be an advantage for former President Mahama who is among other 12 flag-bearer aspirants of the party, wanting to lead the NDC in the 2020 polls.