Yaw Boateng Gyan, a former national organizer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has persuaded his party’s council of elders to put an end to any potential conflict between Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the general secretary, and Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the national chairman.
He believes that the rivalry between the two will severely polarize the party before the pivotal 2024 elections.
He stated that because they both command sizable followings inside the party, the party could not afford to permit rifts between the two.
“We will need the two in the party going into the 2024 elections, and just as we did for the first time in 1992 in Cape Coast, where the party elected national officers based on consensus, the same can be done with the two,” he said.
The Aseidu Nketiah has already said that he will not run for reelection in the party’s upcoming national elections on December 17, 2022.
This choice will open the door for people like his present deputy, Dr. Peter Boamah Otukornor, among others, to express an interest in running for the General Secretary position, which will shortly become available.
Even though this is the case, there are signs that Johnson Asiedu Nketiah plans to run for chairman of the NDC rather than retire.
According to Yaw Boateng Gyan, this will probably hurt the party’s chances of winning the 2024 elections.
In order to assist the two see how their decision to challenge each other could endanger the party’s chances, he has requested that the National Council of Elders of the party summon them.
“We are in the party, and we know that a lot of things happen, so if we fail to put down proper measures, things will go bad for us. The 2014 national executive elections held at the Kumasi Sports Stadium hugely contributed to our defeat in 2016. This is so because of how some candidates were treated in that election, so their followers refused to vote in the national elections out of anger. And that single decision we took (in 2014) is the reason we are still in opposition.
“My followers and that of the defeated chairman Kwabena Agyei were badly hurt. Some of them vowed not to vote in the national elections because of how we were treated and indeed, did not vote, which is why we are in opposition till date,” he added.
He also cautioned the party against the mentality that they have already won the 2024 elections in advance.
“We shouldn’t think that 2024 is a done deal for us. We must work and make sure that we remove every obstacle in our way. If we joke about this, it will affect us.
“If Aseidu Nketia says he won’t contest as the General Secretary again, let’s talk to him and see where he can apply his expertise. So, for the peace and development of the party, the two should be summoned to ensure a middle ground for them,” he added.
The former NDC party executive made these comments known when he spoke with Kwesi Parker-Wilson on Oyerepa TV’s news analysis show, Ghana Te Sen, over the weekend.
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