A former Member of Parliament and Chief Executive Officer of Tema Oil Refinery, Dr. Kwame Ampofo, has backed down on his decision to contest for the position of Volta Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to throw his weight behind his most preferred candidate, former Minister of Transport, Madam Peace Dzifa Aku Attivor.
According to Dr. Ampofo, he has realised, upon careful reflection and analysis, that his agenda and aspirations for office tie in with those of Madam Dzifa Attivor.
Speaking to Pressmen on the last day of filing of nominations at the party’s Regional Office in Ho, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, the former Chairman of the Energy Commission says he was motivated by the former Transport Minister’s contribution to the advancement of the NDC in the region and believes in her ability to mobilize support for the opposition political grouping to successfully wrestle power from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 general elections.
“You know that I’ve just endorsed Madam Dzifa Attivor, I did that.
Initially I was going to contest for this position myself so I analyzed her against my own qualities and see that what qualities I think I’m bringing on board and the ideas that I want to bring on board and how I want us to protect and defend the interest of the Volta Region so that the party as a whole can make great strides into 2020 and she has it.
And once she has it, there is no need for us to confront one another rather I think we have to cooperate and collaborate so I have decided to move to national vice chairman position so that we can combine forces rather than eliminate some of our forces so yes I think Dzifa is the best right now because I measure her against myself and I think that the same spirit that I was coming into it and the things I want to do, she will assure the people to do same”, Dr. Ampofo said.
Meanwhile, a former Volta Regional Minister and MP for Afadjato South Constituency, Joseph Zaphnath Amenorwode, also says the time has come for the party in the region to change its direction in terms of administration.
According to him, the current political administration sidelined the elders of the NDC in the affairs of the party and largely ignored the youth in of the running of the party in the Volta Region, leading party apathy.
He said women were also not involved in the running of the NDC in the Volta region and believes the former Transport Minister has what it takes to salvage the dwindling fortunes of the umbrella fraternity in the Volta Region.
“I’m endorsing Dzifa Attivor for the Chairmanship of the Volta Regional NDC. We were all witnesses to what went on in the last four years in the Region. We were all witnesses to the kind of political administration we had that excluded, ignored elders of the party, excluded prominent former ministers and appointees of the party. We witnessed the use of the youth only as tools for posting posters, and not direct involvement in party planning.
The same thing went for the women and other wings of the party. The cadres who were the live wire of the party were not recognized. And these inevitably led to the apathy in the region”, the one time Volta Regional Minister blamed the current regional executive of Ghana’s main opposition political grouping.
He has therefore called for a change in the political administration of the NDC in the Volta region, while rallying support for the former Transport Minister.
“So any Voltarian who wants NDC to succeed, who wants NDC back in power 2020, will definitely want a change in the status quo, so we want a change, a change that will involve all people, change that will involve elders of the party, youth of the party, women, cadres.
Everybody who’ve once been an NDC person should be encouraged to come back and that is why I said we need change. Change in our attitudes and change in the concept of leadership and I believe Dzifa can bring that change”, Mr. Amenorwode emphasized.
With the filing of nominations over, the party will vet the various aspirants for the respective Regional executive portfolios between 1st and 5th of August, 2018.
The party’s Regional Executive Congress then comes off on August 25 this year, following the successful conduct of the its Branch and Constituency elections across the country earlier in the year.
Source: Global FM/ Kofi Gamor