The race for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Executive positions is getting steamier and steamier as the fever to ‘break the 8’ jinx infects every level of the party.
In a quiet poll on “Breaking the 8: An Analysis of NPP’s Intra Party Democracy, Politics and Possible Impact on Winning Ghana’s 2024 General Election,” Akwasi Osei Agyei has been touted as a forerunner in the party’s national chairmanship race.
Party faithful who are pushing for candidacy of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs are quiet a huge number, and they believe he can conveniently fill the shoes of the incumbent NPP chairman, Freddie Blay.
While a fair number settled on Stephen Ayensu Ntim, yet a fair number cited Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Ekumfi, while a similar ration settled on Stephen Asamoah Boateng.
Ayikoi Otoo is also said to be in the reckoning, though his base does not seem to be strong enough at the moment.
Those who are campaigning for Akwasi Osei Agyei to the next Chair of the party alluded to a number of factors, including accessibility and the fact that he has gone through the mill as a former Member of Parliament and former Foreign Affairs Minister, amongst his numerous portfolios.
Followers contend that Akwasi Osei Agyei is “unaligned”, and would stand the best of positions to be a fair adjudicator of matters that would brought before the National Executives. Additionally, he could be trusted to unite the NPP, if voted for, say his campaigners.
His supporters further contend that his “matured background” as a diplomat with international clout is also an ingredient in helping build the party’s image.
As a founding member of the party, respondents believe he has the good of the party at heart, and will go the extra mile to engender respect and cooperation from party grassroots and executives at the national, regional, constituency and polling station levels.