Current General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has officially declared his intention to seek reelection as chief scribe.
The experienced politician and former legislator made his intention known at a press conference today [Thursday] when he was asked the position he would be contesting for at the national level. Speculations were rift that the politician would be contesting for the chairmanship slot.
However, the press conference on Thursday revealed that Mr Nketia is going to seek for reelection as general secretary. He would be facing a challenge from his deputy scribe, Koku Anyidoho, who recently declared his intention and claimed the boss had given his blessings for him to take over from him.
However, the declaration by Mr Nketia will pave way for a though contest between the two. When contacted to comment, Mr Anyidoho declined because he would not want to engage in a media banter with his boss. Meanwhile, the party has officially paved the way for interested persons who are seeking to represent the party to declare their intention.
General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia at a press conference said because the timetable is becoming congested, they have taken the decision to allow persons interested to declare their intension and officially inform the party.
He told journalists at the party headquarters that, the party per the constitution is supposed to elect its presidential candidate 24 months to an election and after calculation; the party is expected to elect its flagbearer by December 7, 2018. He said, we have to give the candidates enough time to go across the country and campaign.
The decision he stressed was taken at the Functional Executive Meeting. ‘’On behalf of the National Executive Committee, I wish to declare the campaign period for our presidential primaries officially opened with immediate effect.’’
He added, ‘’what this means is that, anybody who intends to contest the slot would have notify the office of the General Secretary so that at least we are aware that, somebody is going to campaign in the name of the party and that will give us the opportunity to monitor the activities of that person.’’
Mr Nketia cautioned all candidates seeking to contest regional, national and the presidential slot to desist from engaging in flamboyant campaigns considering the economic hardship in the country. Party executives have also been prevented from using party structures to endorse a candidate although they are allowed to do so as individuals.
The party he said will give an even playing field to all candidates who will contest. He made reference to some pronouncements made by some candidates by people who ‘’were pretending to be flagbearers and some of the utterances had not been in good taste.
Now that we have officially opened the campaign, we will be monitoring.’’