Two successful musicians aligned with the New Patriotic Party, Nicholas Omane Acheampong and Isaiah Kwadwo Ampong, have made some observations about the upcoming Ashanti Regional NPP championship race, pointing out that the region needs a new dimension in leadership to help break the eight years’ governance cycle.
Speaking in an interview on Kumasi based Hello FM, the “Aporsor” hitmaker stated that the future of NPP is the Ashanti Region, hence delegates should vote “in a direction to resolution, great leadership and unity” in the Ashanti NPP.
He believes that with the visionary and exemplary leadership skills demonstrated by the Ashanti Regional NPP chairman aspirant, Mr Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, he can help the party win lost parliamentary seats in the region when given the chance.
The gospel singer maintained that Chairman Odeneho, popularly known as COKA, will resolve petty issues which had contributed to the withdrawal of majority party loyalists from the party since he embodies unity.
“For the NPP to ‘break the 8’, the Ashanti Region must work hard in all aspects to ensure sanity in the party, and get the men on board to do the work. I’ve known COKA for a long time, and he can lead the team to win the hearts of all, especially, those who have lost the interest to vote. He recognises our hard work and input in the party, and he’s the man for the task,” he added.
The two gospel musicians have composed a campaign song for the NPP regional chairman aspirant with the title “Wontumi aa park”. Chairman Odeneho Kwaku Appiah is the constituency chairman for Afigya Kwabere South and the chairman of the Ashanti Regional Chairmen Association. He was named ‘Afigya Kwabere Mandela’, ‘Chairman of Chairmen’, ‘Okumkom’, among others, because of his all-inclusive and inspirational leadership.
For his part, the “Akoko funu” hitmaker, Isaiah Kwadwo Ampong, said everyone who followed the NPP constituency elections had noticed that the party needs change, and stressed “COKA possess that capability”.
He noted that “getting involved in the democracy of the country” is a great way to keep the Ghanaian politics in balance, adding “our support for Chairman Odeneho Kwaku Appiah is to tell delegates to vote for the father for all”.
“We are musicians and Ghanaians who support democracy, and so this step will not take a toll on our careers. COKA has been a brother, and the time has come to support a brother to make great gains for the party,” he said.
Prince Kumi, popularly called “Maxi the car dealer”, who is an ardent supporter of the NPP, also stressed that the party needs a new personality in the region to lead the team to break the eight.
“A lot of us who followed Chairman Wontumi with all our strength and might have been let down by his administration. People have seen my impact, and so I’m telling everyone, who is in the same shoes as mine, to hold on, for a light is coming,” Mr Kumi added.
He further appealed to the delegates to make wise choice for the New Patriotic Party, adding: “Do not fall for the one who will spoil you with goodies for the sake of re-election and abandon you later. Give Odeneho the chance for a new chapter towards breaking the eight”.