In less than three weeks, delegates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) across the country will converge on Koforidua to elect new national officers to lead the NPP into Election 2020 and beyond
From the camps of Mr Freddie Blay and Mr Stephen Ntim, the front-runners for the national chairmanship, these are tense moments, with each camp eyeing the other on what games they are up to.
Mr Blay, the acting National Chairman, who is touting his credentials, having led the party to victory in the 2016 election, is leaving no stone unturned as he seeks to be retained as the substantive chair, whilst Mr Ntim strongly contends that this is his time, having served the party over the years with loyalty and commitment.
I happened to be around the NPP headquarters on Friday, June 1, 2018, where the vetting of aspirants for the national chairmanship took place. I had sent my vehicle for repairs at a nearby garage and because the NPP headquarters was a walking distance away, I decided to go there to observe proceedings; and it was a dramatic scene.
One supporter of Mr Ntim shouted at the top of her voice from one corner: ‘Time
There were groups of men and women
Observing NPP polls
Observing the NPP polls from a distance, one thing that keeps ringing in my head is the issue of fairness and equal opportunity for all and sundry.
So far it looks good for the party’s internal elections.
As a journalist who has covered elections over the period, I expect to see some sort of subtle manipulations in an attempt to skew the event by some supporters of the aspirants to benefit their candidate; but every bit of effort must be made to avoid organised cheating and wanton abuse of trust of leadership.
In a functional democracy, everybody must be given the right to express his or her views and opinions. Blatantly denying equal opportunity for all aspirants, organised cheating and wanton abuse of trust of leadership
At this stage, the NPP must settle for a free and fair battle and no trace of unfairness must be observed at the
At the end of the contest from July 5 to 7, 2018 in Koforidua, the NPP must witness the best forms of democratic norms and behaviour.
Indeed, July 5 to 7, 2018 must go down in NPP history as the day fairness and equal opportunity for all and sundry was at its best and not thrown to the dogs.
The day of the
NPP delegates, over to you! It is your call to duty.
One thing that must be made clear is that incumbency must endeavour to settle for a free and fair battle.
Clearly, these are interesting times for the NPP leadership contest. But whatever it is, it must be clean and fair