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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is set to hold its regional level Conferences across thirteen (13) out of the sixteen (16) regions beginning today, November 11, with the Youth and Women’s Conferences whiles other general electoral activities are scheduled to be climaxed on Sunday. Ahead of the polls, DFS Live News puts a special spotlight on the Greater Accra regional Conference, with a look at the possible winners of the keenly contested positions, the overwhelming favourites and the dark horses begining today at the W.E.B Du Bois Memorial Centre in the traditional La Dadekotopon Constituency in the nation’s capital before the Tema Sports Stadium hosts close to 1,000 NDC delegates on Sunday for the main and final phase of the exercise.
With 33 out of the 34 Constituencies in the region participating in the Conference, a total of 990 delegates comprising 102 Youth Organisers and their deputies, 66 Constituency Women Organisers and deputies, 130 Special Delegates, hundreds of constituency executives and representatives of the Tertiary Educational Institution Network (TEIN) of the NDC, the party is geared up for an exciting and crucial elections. DFS Live News takes its readers through some hotly contested positions as well as the ones we have dubbed ‘easy-grabs’.
WHO LEADS GREATER ACCRA?
Joseph Kobina Ade Coker, the incumbent Chairman, is facing fierce competitions from the longest serving Regional Youth Organizer, Thomas Mustapha Nii Ashong, popularly known as Mugabe, Mr. Mike Kwetey Tetteh (MTK) who is a former parliamentary candidate aspirant in the Ningo Prampram Constituency and a former Member of Parliament for Adentan, Hon. Emmanuel Nii Ashie Moore. From all indications, aspirants for the Regional Chairmanship position are set for a showdown on Sunday as all the contenders in this race are upbeat about their chances. Whiles MTK believes he has a strong base in the constituencies and enjoys a growing support among NDC Activists on social media, Mugabe as he is affectionately called banks his hopes on what he believes are his illustrious track records as the regional youth organizer for over 20 years and the relationships there of formed with the delegates. Ade Coker counts on his experience in leadership which is evidenced in the party winning 20 out of the 34 parliamentary seats under his leadership. Ashie Moore hopes the delegates buy into his message of transforming the NDC and making the region a fertile ground for the party in all general elections. Delegates and party loyalists are in for an entertaining yet, crucial contest with who leads the region which ultimately decides the winner of general elections.
CHAIE TO BE RETAINED AS REGIONAL SECRETARY
The incumbent Secretary who was also a two-time Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma Central constituency in 2009 and 2013, Hon. Theophilus Tetteh Chaie is the overwhelming favourite ahead of his contender Mr. Victor Quarshie Adonoo, DFS Live News can confidently predict. Mr. Adonoo, a former regional secretary is seeking to stage a comeback and is hoping delegates endorse him to continue his work from where he left it in a bid to bring the party back to power. However, observations and analysis carried out by this outlet reveals the sweeping endorsement by party officers for the man they hold in very high esteem and believe is the pivot of the NDC in the region; one who has ensured relative stability, marked cohesion and progress of the NDC in the region. DFS Live News safely forecasts a comfortable victory for Mr. Chaie.
NUKPENU OR FIIFI FOR ORGANIZER?
A position which will be hotly contested by two men equal in heights and determined to prove a point to advance their party’s interest in the Greater Accra. Anthony Nukpenu the incumbent, faces a stiff competition from Fiifi Taylor, the just former Constituency Chairman of Okaikwei North who led his party to produce an MP for the first time in the party’s history since the constituency was created. This race is not an easy call for the pollsters as the two camps are optimistic of victory and so we expect a tough contest on Sunday to see who emerges to run the operational activities of the party that has been in opposition for about 6 years.
AMOS BLESSING AMORSE; NEVER IN DOUBT
He is set to be the next Regional Youth Organizer rganizer of the NDC after the close of polls today, November 11. Amos Blessing Amorse, a deputy regional youth organizer, has received formal endorsements from the TEIN leadership in some tertiary institutions in the region as a confirmation of his selfless service to the groups on the various campuses. He is more widely known among the 99 constituency Youth Organizers and their deputies and more readily relatable within the 41 TEIN delegates at the Youth Conference compared to Solomon Nii Afutu Qwartey, his challenger. Mr Qwartey, a no stranger among the youth circles in the region, first took a shot at the position in 2018 when he contested Mr. Ashong and lost. DFS Live News authoritatively predicts a landslide win for Amos Blessing Amorse today at Cantonmemts, Accra.
WHO BECOMES THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER?
This is yet another two-horse race between an incumbent and a new entrant in regional elections. Emmanuel Mettle-Nunoo Jnr, a former Communications Officer of the NDC for the Ledzokuku Constituency is aiming to wrestle the mantle from Mr. Jerry Johnson, a long serving Regional Communications Officer. A careful analysis by DFS Live News reveals that Mr. Mettle-Nunoo Jnr who is a lawyer by profession, is relatively ‘unknown’ by the delegates who are the kingmakers in the region. Mr. Johnson, on the other hand, by virtue of his longer stay in this office has positioned and endeared himself well enough to the delegates and the rank and file of the party to give him the edge over his contender. We highly expect the incumbent, Jerry Johnson, to retain his position and get occupied with plans to improve on the party’s brand, visibility and overall communication strategies for the cosmopolitan region as the NDC readies for the crucial election 2024.
A WOMAN IN THE DEPUTY YOUTH RACE
Ms. Amira Nasiru, a vibrant NDC youth activist and a former TEIN vice president is the only woman hoping to secure one of the two slots allotted for the position of the deputy youth organizer. She is in the race with the incumbent Alhaji Mohammed Juda, Edward Mortey, Gideon Hammond, Charles Gben, Patrick Ametu and Richard Tetteh. Amos Blessing Amorse who once held this position gave them his blessings and well wishes via his Facebook post yesterday. DFS Live News joins Amos, who is expected to win the Regional Youth Organizer position today, in wishing all the aspirants and the NDC a successful regional Conference.
The Amasaman Constituency will not partake in the elections due to what the party describes as some outstanding issues which has delayed their constituency elections. The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the NDC also at a meeting held on November 8, announced the dissolution of the Bono East Regional Elections Committee, putting its elections on hold until further notice. The Eastern and Ahafo regions have also had their elections postponed to the following weekend on November 18-20. After the regional conferences, the party will in December, organize its National Congress.