Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyerematen
Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyerematen

The New Patriotic Party (NPP), the largest opposition party goes to the polls in a National Delegate Congress to elect a new flagbearer for the party for the 2016 general elections. This year’s election holds a special place in the history of the party. NPP, for the very first time held a special delegate conference on the 31st of August, 2014 to prune down the number of candidates seeking to contest the flagbearership ticket of the party from seven to five.At the end of voting, party Former Information minister and Trade minister, Asamoah Boateng and Kofi Apraku respectively were rejected by the NPP delegates. Their magnitude of their rejection was synominous to the overwhelming victory by Nana Akufo- Addo who polled 598 out of 741 ballots cast representing 80.8%. Also missing out to contest the flagbearership slot is Hon. Osei Ameyaw and Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Ghartey. These two, though they qualified for the congress decided to pull out because the conference was a self check on their popularity within the party. They called it quit even before the main event. But this is where the true political character of Addai-Nimo is revealed. But the contest is a two horse race between Nana and Alan leaving Addai-Nimo testing the waters to measure his political conference level within the rank and file of the party. I share the views of pollsters and election watchers that the 18th October congress will be a cool win for Nana Akufo-Addo. Others have spoken about the electoral devastation that shall befall Alan Kyerematen should he be beaten once again by Nana Akufo-Addo. Alan is already disadvantaged by the support of party structure for Akufo-Addo. As obvious as Alan losing the election is, it will only be in the interest of the party if he does. The main opposition party needs a very tried and tested candidate to wrestle the seat of government from the NDC. If the overwhelming victory of Nana over Alan is anything to go by in the delegate conference, then one can conclude that the supporters of the NPP are leaving nothing to change to ensure electoral victory come December, 2016. Giving the mandate to Alan Kyerematen would mean the party starting all over again in marketing their candidate against an incumbent president. If the NPP wants to make a strong claim to power, then the party supporters are going to endorse the candidature of Nana Akufo- Addo during the October 18th congress.

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