Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called on members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rally behind the party’s newly elected executives.
According to him, this will help the party in the upcoming general election.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, he stated that the unity of the party is essential to its success, therefore all members must unite to build a unified front in order to retain power in 2024.
“We have elected a team of Officers with a deep attachment to the timeless values and principles of the Party and its tradition, and who will steer affairs of the party for the next four years. They are the national face and voice of our Party, and they will set the tone and the pace of our election campaign in 2024.
As I indicated on Saturday, the NPP is at its best when we are united and operating as a focused entity. I, thus, urge all in the NPP to unite strongly behind our new national officers, for it is only by working together that we can “Break the Eight”, and help deliver progress and prosperity to the Ghanaian people”, the President said.
While charging the rank and file of the party to remain united, he also seized the opportunity to congratulate the new crop of executives who emerged victorious in Saturday’s polls.
“I congratulate warmly the new National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Stephen Ayesu Ntim, and the other National Officers who were elected at the Party’s National Delegates’ Conference, held at the Accra Sports Stadium, on Saturday, 16th July 2022.
Once again, we, in the NPP, have demonstrated that we are the Party that is committed to the tenets of multi-party democracy”, he added.
The President also thanked the media and the Electoral Commission for their roles in the conduct of proceedings.
“The Electoral Commission is to be commended for conducting and supervising Saturday’s elections, and I thank the Media for providing extensive coverage of the proceedings.
May God bless the New Patriotic Party and us all, and may God bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, the newly-elected National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Ntim has expressed gratitude to all party faithful for electing him to lead the party for the next four years.
Addressing party members after he and other National Executive officers were sworn into office, Mr Ntim said “after twenty years of wandering in the wilderness before getting this far, I am going to cherish the chairmanship position, I will value the chairmanship position and I will make sure that it remains enviable”.
He assured that as the new party Chairman, he and his colleagues “will work assiduously for the party to win election 2024”.
Mr Ntim polled 4,014 votes to beat his contenders.
He has contested for the position on four previous occasions. The just-ended conference is his fifth attempt.
He however served as the party’s first Vice-Chairman between 2001 and 2005.
Mr Ntim’s first attempt to be chairman of the party was in December 2005.
In 2005, Mr Ntim lost to Peter Mac Manu, who became President Akufo-Addo’s campaign manager in the 2016 polls.
His second attempt was in 2010, where he lost to Jake Okanta Obetsebi-Lamptey.
His third attempt was in 2014, where he suffered another defeat to Paul Afoko.
He again lost on the fourth attempt to Freddie Blay in 2018.
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