With a few days to go for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) regional executive elections across the various regions, most of the aspirants have intensified their campaigns in the bid to galvanise support from the delegates to win the elections.
Various social media platforms, especially on WhatsApp and Facebook, have been flooded with flyers and posters of some of these aspirants.
One of the aspirants, Boampong Darlington Bill, who is seeking to become the next NPP Bono Regional Organiser, told the Daily Statesman in an exclusive interview in Sunyani that he was sure of massive victory when the election is held.
The Deputy Director for Policy Planning, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at NADMO headquarters, Accra, said, “So far, so good, all grounds are fertile for me and the entire team. We are winning hands down – very sure of winning. At least, I am likely to get about 82 percent of the total votes cast.”
According to him, he has toured all the 12 constituencies in the region, and is satisfied with the response from the grassroots. He therefore believes that they will endorse him with their votes to become the next Bono Regional Organiser of the party.
He said his prime objective, if elected, would be to commit his time, energy and resources towards the party’s resolve to “break the 8”, saying that is the surest way to secure a bright future for Ghanaians.
He said one of his priority deliverables will be to immediately set up a reconciliation team, made up of men and women of substance, to handle all internal conflicts and misunderstandings in the region.
“We will win if only we agree to work together as a team. It will all boil down to togetherness,” he said in an exclusive interview with this reporter in Sunyani.
When asked to share his vision for the party in the region, Mr Boampong said he would strike a partnership deal with interested tertiary institutions to run short-courses for constituency and polling station executives who do not have any academic certificates “to prepare them for better job opportunities.”
“The Scholarship Secretariat is another key area that we can use to deliberately prepare our TESCON and other young patriots for future leadership roles. ‘Deliberate’ means that we shouldn’t wait for the young patriots to apply, but with the help of our database and data science, make an in-depth selection across the region for the facility to strengthen our base (at least 5 per constituency) in each constituency every year.
“This means that we will deliberately push 60 into education every year (There is an implementation plan), which can help refine our party across the region,” he further said.
The regional organiser hopeful also emphasised the need to improve vocational training with the involvement of volunteer groups and some state agencies to develop jobs and sources of income for the grassroots.
Born in 1983 at Badu in the Tain district of the Bono Region, Mr. Boampong had his basic education in Asuafo SDA Primary School at Badu, St. Paul’s International School, Dadieso, Aowin District, and Rapid International School in Sunyani.
He is also a product of the Twene Amanfo Secondary/Technical, Sunyani, the University of Cape Coast University, Sikkim Manipal University and the London School of Economics.
Boampong Darlington Bill has always been a true member of the NPP over ages. His family is rooted to the United Party and Progress Party, both offshoots of the NPP.
He started his active politics at Dadieso, in the Western Region, where he joined the party as a grassroots mobiliser.
It was there that he met former President John Agyekum Kufuor one-on-one, as a tent and canopy erector at the time the aspirant was touring the nation. This was in 1996. Mr Kufuor put his hands on him, and prayed for him to become a notable person in Ghana for his hard work.
In Sunyani, he worked closely with Late J.H Mensah, and was an observer in the 2000 and 2004 limited registration exercises.