7 January 2013

Ghana: Ashanti NDC On High Alert

Kumasi — IT APPEARS from all indications that President John Dramani Mahama will not only have the problem of dealing with his political opponents in terms of winning their trust and confidence, but will also have to confront the high expectations from some members of his campaign team, particularly in the Ashanti Region.

Snippets of information gathered by The Chronicle indicate that some executives of the ruling party in the Ashanti Region are bracing themselves for a showdown in the coming days, as the President prepares to make appointments to various positions in his government.

Already, intense lobbying are said to be seriously ongoing and the lads of the ruling party are leaving no stone unturned in getting their fair share of government's portfolio.

There were concerns that the previous administration of the NDC, headed by the late President John Evans Atta Mills, did not deal fairly with the party hierarchy in the Ashanti Region, as many could not get the opportunity to serve.

Following an exemplary performance from the Ashanti Regional campaign team in the recently held elections, chalking what could be described as a relatively modest achievement in terms of total results secured in the presidential elections, there are calls for some leading figures in the campaign team to be considered for postions.

Already, certain names are springing up as likely candidates to star in the John Mahama-led administration, whilst others are also lobbying intensively on the social media and other media networks.

Calls are being made through Facebook, especially by some members of the campaign team, including Onasis Kobby Rosely, Commandant Brogya Genfi, Samed Akalilu and Akwasi Agyemang Ofori Boadi, for the President to consider fresh limbs and retire the old bones who have served for more than two decades in government, under the PNDC, NDC eras.

The popular name that is obviously doing the rounds is the leader of the campaign team and regional secretary of the party, Joseph Yamin, who the paper gathered, has been penciled for a position.

It is not exactly clear as to which position Yamin will be serving, as there are speculations that he might occupy a deputy regional ministerial position.

The regional secretary four years ago lobbied for the coveted KMA Chief Executive Officer position but lost to Hon. Samuel Sarpong, and it is not clear whether the seat will be up for grabs this time.

There are also speculations that the young regional secretary is being mentored to take over the General Secretary position from hard spoken Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, popularly known as General Mosquito.

Akwasi Ofori Agyemang Boadi, aka Zuba, is also nursing the ambition to contest for the Council of State position, a seat which is often reserved for traditional rulers and old and experienced senior citizens and politicians.

Zuba has told The Chronicle that he will put in a bid for the position and is sure to win, stressing that its time for the youth to also contribute to the running of the presidency in the country.

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