Research conducted by SEF Research Consult has tipped Fredrick Opare Ansah and Akwasi Osxei Agyei as the next faces of the leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party.
Dubbed “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 came up as the forerunner in the NPP National Chairmanship Race.
Results from the research indicate a possible replacement of the current crop of leadership with new faces who can propel the party into electoral victory, starting with the National Chairman.
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of respondents settled on Akwasi Osei Agyei, naming him their preferred candidate to fill the shoes of the incumbent NPP chairman, Freddie Blay.
About 21% of respondents settled on Stephen Ayensu Ntim; 17% mentioned Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Ekumfi; 15% settled on Asamoah Boateng; 7% went for Ayikoi Otoo whiles about 3% of respondents mentioned they are yet to choose any of the candidates above after the data was analyzed.
The respondents according to the survey said their reason of selecting Mr. Agyei was because he was accessible ”and the fact that he has gone through the mill as a former Member of Parliament, former Foreign Affairs Minister amongst his numerous portfolios”.
”Respondents contend that Akwasi Osei Agyei is unaligned and would stand the best of positions to be a fair adjudicator of matters that are brought before the National Executives and unite the NPP if voted for. Some also argue that his maturity and background as a diplomat with international clout will help build the party’s image.”
For the position of General Secretary, respondents demanded John Boadu be replaced by Frederick Opare Ansah.
”Persons who have declared their intent, either officially or unofficially, to contest for the position include John Boadu, who is the substantive General Secretary of the party; Musah Superior – former Mayor for Tamale and currently a deputy CEO of the Forestry Commission, Justin Kodua – CEO of Youth Employment Agency, and Frederick Opare Ansah – a former MP for Suhum Constituency in the Eastern Region.
Most respondents shared that the current General Secretary of the party is not accessible and has a tainted reputation because of allegations of being involved in illegal small scale mining which is dealing a huge blow to the fortunes of the party.”
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