Western Regional executive positions of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have attracted a total of thirty (30) aspirants who have filed to contest the various positions in the party to steer its affairs in the Region for the next four (4) years.
The 30 aspirants were vetted and cleared by a nine-member Vetting Committee to campaign for the election slated for Saturday, May 28, 2022, and to be held at the Nzema Manle Complex, Ampain in the Ellembelle Constituency.
The party opened its nominations to enable aspirants in the region to file for positions such as Chairman, 1st Vice-Chairman, 2nd Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Organizer, Women’s Organizer, Youth Organizer and Nasara Coordinator on May 15, 2022, across the country.
The number includes incumbents such as 1st and 2nd Vice-Chairpersons, Women’s Organizer and the Women’s Organizer who are seeking reelection and have been contested by staunch members of the party.
For instance, the Regional Secretaryship has four (4) contestants – Mr Charles Cobbina, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC); Mr Okatakyie Amankwah Afrifa, Regional Director of the National Service Secretariat (NSS); Mr Rex Jonfiah, Coordinator at the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) and Emmanuel Acquaah, a lecturer at the Takoradi Technical University (TTU).
This is one of the positions described by political pundits as a keen contest and likely to be between Mr Charles Cobbina who is politically versed and highly connected to the party “bigwigs” including the Regional Minister, and Mr Okatakyie Afrifa who is competing for the position the third (3rd) time.
Meanwhile, the current Regional Chairman, Mr Ndede Siah known in the party as “Game Changer” is going unopposed while the current Regional Secretary, Mr Charles Cromwell Onuawontoh Bissue is seeking elevation to the status of National Secretary.
Mr Abdul Ganiyu, currently the Regional Organizer is switching positions to the Regional Youth Organizer and is being keenly contested by Mr Prince Amoabeng, Regional Coordinator for Youth Employment Agency (YEA).
This position is also tipped to be a keen contest and largely between Mr Ganiyu who is the Regional Coordinator for the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) going for the first time on that score and Mr Amoabeng who is coming for a second (2nd) time.
Another position that promises to be tough is the Women’s Organizer slot which is currently held by Madam Abena Kwallah, Regional Coordinator for the Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP) believed to be hardworking and popular with more political experience who is contesting along with Madam Josephine Yaa Odoom and Madam Angela Naana.
In all, seventeen (17) Constituency Executives comprising ten (10) Executives elected in the recent Constituency Executive Elections and seven (7) appointees will join the Regional Council of Elders and the Members of Parliament (MPs) of the party as delegates to vote.