The National Women Organiser contest of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is now in full gear, with delegates and pundits seeing it as a straight fight between incumbent Kate Gyamfua and any of the other two aspirants.
Those challenging Ms Gyamfua for the position are Ellen Ama Daaku and Hajia Sawudatu Saeed. Ellen is currently one of the key communicators of the NPP, who is admired by many for her assertiveness, while Saeed is the incumbent Deputy National Women Organiser.
Kate Gyamfua has reaffirmed her resolve to continually change the face of the women’s wing through relevant empowerment programmes.
She has also pledged to continue working harder in embarking on activities to help the party secure another victory in the 2024 general elections.
“Just like I did, ahead of the compilation of the new voters’ register in 2020, and embarked on a nationwide mobilisation campaign to motivate women to rise in their numbers and take part in the exercise, I am willing to do same,” she recently assured.
She added that she would get deeper and deeper in discussing issues, particularly those of relevance to women in vulnerable communities and those in the informal economy.
“I will continually be the most visible NPP women organiser among women groups such as queen mothers and market women associations,” she has said.
She intends to do this by supporting all constituencies in the country through the provision of resources to enhance their living standards.
The NPP National Women Organiser won an overwhelming victory in 2018 at the party’s national delegates congress in Koforidua, polling over 80 percent of the total votes cast.
She started at the polling station level, where she became the polling station chairperson for 10 years in the Akwatia constituency. At the constituency level, she served very well, and was elected as the Akwatia constituency women organizer for eight years.
At the national level, she became a deputy national women’s organizer from 2012 – 2014. She is also a member of the National Executive Council of the party and a member of the National Council of Patrons.
Ellen Ama Daaku
A member of the national communications team of the NPP, Ellen Ama Daaku says she is poised to “create socio-economic opportunities for all women officers, from polling station to national, who mostly suffer losses and neglect in spite of their contributions to the party”.
She has vowed to embark on a massive recruitment drive to attract more women, especially “floating and first-time voters,” into the NPP.
In doing that, she has pledged to embark on a clean, healthy and fair campaign, devoid of insults, personality attack and character assassination. She made that promise while interacting with the media recently.
As part of her vision, she intends to restructure the women’s wing of the party from polling station to national level in order to address the needs of women and build the capacity of women in politics from polling station to national, including TESCON. This, she said, is aimed at increasing the numbers and activating their real potentials.
Ama Daaku has promised to rebuild the image of the NPP women’s wing, acknowledge the past women leaders, raise more women leaders, and ensure that their voices and contributions are respected and recognised by the party.
She holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Methodist University College, Accra, and Bachelor of Science from the University of Ghana. She is currently pursuing law at the GIMPA Law School. She was a Member of University of Ghana TESCON, from 2002-2006.
Hajia Sawudatu Saeed
A deputy national women’s organiser of the NPP, Hajia Sawudatu Saeed, has assured women organisers of her commitment to promote their welfare, if voted into office.
She has said she would make the welfare of women an integral part of her administration to improve the electoral fortunes of the party. In an interview with the media, she spelt out her “curative plans” for the party, saying she would strive to improve upon the welfare of every member of the women’s wing.
Hajia Saeed has also promised to offer “vibrant, dynamic, all-inclusive leadership” to engage the regional, constituency and polling station women’s organisers, recognise their efforts and reward them accordingly, as well as put in place measures for resource mobilisation and fair distribution of same.
“I will always strive to be honest, reliable and trustworthy and a companion to everyone. I will always be a unifier and avoid deliberate decisions or actions which may either, directly or indirectly, cause harm to others’ lives, images, emotions or relationships,” she recently stated.
Hajia Saeed is currently the Deputy National Women’s Organiser of the NPP, having served for two terms. The experienced female politician is also a Deputy Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).