“I am going to correct the wrongs in the past to secure victory for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the region in the 2020 election,” the re-elected Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Mr Joseph Kobina Ade Coker, has stated.
In his victory address at the just-ended ninth Greater Accra Regional delegates’ conference at the University of Ghana last Saturday, the elated chairman assured his jubilant supporters that he would justify the confidence reposed in him by the delegates by uniting the rank and file of the party in the region to execute the mission of winning back the region it lost to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the last election.
Mr Coker polled 319 votes to defeat his close contender, Mr Daniel Amartey Mensah, a former Municipal Chief Executiven of the Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly, and Mr Emmanuel Ashie-Moore, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Adenta, who obtained 293 and 283 votes respectively. This is the third time Mr Amartey has lost in his bid to lead the party in the region.
The conference had the theme: “Recapturing Greater Accra: Strong and Determined Leadership.”
"God has shown favour to me... with Christ in our vessel, I'm most grateful to everybody, I'm most grateful to all those who have believed in me...I'll ensure that the NDC comes to power in the year 2020," Mr Coker said to cheering supporters.
Supporters of Mr Coker jubilated as they sang and danced to brass band music when the results were finally declared around 10:30 p.m. at the central cafeteria of the University of Ghana.
The NDC, in the last election, lost many of its seats to the NPP and that is the trend Mr Coker has vowed to reverse.
There are currently 34 constituencies in the Greater Accra Region, of which the NDC holds 13 with the rest going to the governing NPP.
For the regional organiser position, Mr Anthony Kwame Nukpenu polled 390 votes to beat his closest contender, Mr Derrick Addotey, who got 246. The rest are Mr Maxwell Ofotsu Amevor, 224 votes, and Mr Humphrey Tetteh Mensah, 144 votes. There was one rejected ballot.
The regional treasurer elections produced Ms Regina Samiratu Akunkel as winner when she polled 430 votes. Her closest contender was Alhaji Seidu Haruna who got 242 votes, with Mr Rabbon Kwashie Dodoo and Nii Applah Barnor fetching 216 and 117 votes respectively.
Results for the deputy treasurer position produced Mr Mohammed Norgan as winner with 345 votes, with his closest contender, Ms Nubyl Kakra Vanlure, a former municipal chief
executive for Adenta, obtaining 273 votes.
Mrs Mercy Akromah got 219 votes; Mr Abagna Raphael Muniru, 124 votes and Mr Ahortu John Nurudeen, 41 votes.
A former Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, Mr Theophilus Tetteh Chaie, beat his closest competitor, Mr Victor Quarshie, by 256 votes to emerge as the Greater Accra Regional Secretary.
Mr Quarshie had 305, with Nii Ayee and Lois Korkor Tetteh obtaining 82 and 56 votes, respectively.
A journalist, Mr Samuel Ablodepey, failed in his bid to be elected as the regional communications officer as he polled 295, losing to the incumbent, Mr Jerry Johnson, who got 679 votes. The rest are Mr Gabby Asumin, 64 votes, and Latif Osumanu, 66 votes.
For the deputy communications officer position, Nana Adobea Koranteng, 93; Mr Isaac Nii Otoo Lartey, 68; Mr Dickson Dodoo, 87; Mr Thomas Addy Godfred, 49; Spinnoza K. A. Aboah, 76; Mr Gideon Tettey Tetteh, 131;
The rest are Mr Frank Nii Dua, 86; Mr Simon Kwaku Tetteh, 344; Mr Maurice Mawugah, 31 and Mr George Acheampong, 38.
The Greater Accra Regional Zongo Caucus Coordinator had Mr Mohammed Ashkar polling 556 as against Mr Ismaila Horoya’s 446 votes.