Delegates at the second National Convention of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) have endorsed the incumbent National Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, when they converged on the Ghana National Association of Teachers’ (GNAT) Hall in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis in the Western Region last Saturday.
They also went ahead to elect the first Vice Chairman, second Vice Chairperson, third Vice Chairman, National Secretary and Treasurer in the persons of William Deworkpor, Belinda Bulley, Baah Salia and Murtalla Mohammed respectively.
The election of those positions, supervised by the Electoral Commission (EC), was done in the form of yes or no as they had not been challenged by any member of the party at the close of nominations.
The convention again made three other appointments namely, Women’s Co-ordinator, Vivian Kakie Tetteh; Youth Co-ordinator, Divine Nkrumah and Director of Research, Andrews Deroy.
As early as 5:00 a.m., the about 2,000 delegates, dressed in their various party T-shirts, had started trooping to the convention venue to take their seats for the event to proceed, while the National Chairman and other executive members arrived later in the morning.
Around 10:00 a.m., when the Founder of the PPP, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, and his 2012 running mate, Madam Eva Lokko, arrived together, there was deafening and thunderous cheers and applause from outside and inside the podium.
In fact, the security personnel had a hectic time controlling the supporters before they could usher the two into the hall, where the cheers became intense.
High on the agenda for the event, which was on the theme: ‘‘Strategise to form government in 2017,’’ was the adoption of the 2016 Political Platform and the election of national officers.
A representative of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) responded to an invitation by the PPP and delivered a solidarity message but the other parties could not show up.
There was a goodwill message from the Volunteers for Nduom-VN16 and reports delivered by some national officers.