Charles Cromwell Onuawonto Bissue, a general secretary aspirant of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has withdrawn from the contest a few days before the national annual delegates conference.
In a letter addressed to the national election committee on Wednesday (13 July), Bissue said he decided after broad consultation with various stakeholders.
“I tender herein, my withdrawal from the General Secretary contest of the New Patriotic Party. My decision is the sequel to broad consultations with family, promoters and supporters, delegates and
well-wishers of my campaign.
“I am convinced, and reiterate that the various contenders for the position are equally deserving of the position of a General Secretary. It is my prayer that delegates of this great Party make the right choice in electing amongst the remaining candidates, the best to lead the NPP into another political cycle; and that of course is to break the 8-year jinx.”
“I assure the Party of my support to whoever gets elected as the General Secretary and to be of service to the Party when called upon. “My Agenda 4 Change” for a read on some of the various policies, strategies, etc. I intended to deploy when elected as General Secretary,” the letter stated.
This means four (4) persons namely John Boadu, Justin Frimpong Kodua (JFK), Iddrisu Musah, Frederick Opare-Ansah, and Ramseyer Ahmed Agyeman-Prempeh will stand for the position of NPP general secretary.
He further expressed gratitude to the leadership of the NPP.
Before this, Mr Nii Ayikoi Otoo, a national chairman aspirant of the NPP had withdrawn from the contest.
Three other prospective candidates – Dr Kwame Afriyie, a national organizer aspirant; Akosua Serwaa Bonsu, an aspirant for national women’s organizer; and Tumfuor Klinsman Karikari, an aspirant for national youth organizer – have also withdrawn from the race.
Addressing a news conference in Accra on Wednesday (6 July 2022), the chairman of the NPP’s national elections committee, Peter Mac Manu, said: “As a result of the diligence of the national election committee and the preparedness of the prospective aspirants, no appeals against the nomination of any prospective aspirant were recorded.”
He said the national appeals committee, led by Dan Botwe, had scheduled 24-25 June for the hearing of appeals, but he noted: “In effect, there were no appeals.”
He added: “Honourable Ayikoi Otoo, who was vying for the national chairmanship position of the party, has… since withdrawn from the race… after vetting…” Mac Manu said.
In all, ten positions are up for grabs – the national chairmanship, first, second and third vice-chairs, general secretary, national organizer, national youth organizer, national treasurer, national women’s organizer, and national Nasara Co-ordinator.