Vetting of aspirants for the regional executive portfolios of the ruling New Patriotic Party has begun in the Ashanti region.
Twenty-one individuals aspiring for the 10 different positions, including chairmanship, took turns before the vetting committee on the first day.
Delegates for the New Patriotic Party are expected to hit the polls to elect new regional executives for the party.
Pursuant to the party’s constitution, all aspirants for the various regional portfolios took turns before the vetting committee to make their statements.
The Chairmanship position has been the most talked about slot in the party.
Five persons are vying for the Chairmanship portfolio including the incumbent Bernard Antwi Bosiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, and a strongest contender Adeneho Kwaku Appiah, otherwise known as Coka.
Others include; Asare Bediako, Owusu Oduomi and Oheneba Adum-Bawuah.
The Ashanti region as the stronghold of the ruling NPP has suffered delays in execution of many developmental projects, including roads and hospitals.
A number of party delegates blame the incumbent regional Chairman for the retrogressing development in the region.
With several calls for change in the Chairmanship position, some aspirants who spoke to LuvNews are optimistic of their chances to clinch the position.
Former Member of Parliament for the Ejisu constituency, Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, is poised to restore development in the region.
“We need to uplift the development in the region. People don’t want to vote because they need good roads in their area,” he said.
Six times constituency chairman for Asokwa, Asare Bediako, is preaching unity for the party.
“Togetherness is the keyword for the party. A lot of our members are disappointed at the party, we need to bring them together and give them hope. If I am weak I wouldn’t have been constituency for six times for Asokwa,” he said.
As cub but with a sharp teeth, Oheneba Adum-Bawuah touts his performance in the party.
“I showcased everything. People can go in with millions. It’s not going to the money that would decide this election, but your capabilities,” he said.
However, spokesperson for the incumbent regional Chairman is assertive Bernard Antwi Bosiako will retain his seat for the third time.
“We’ve gone through all the 47 constituencies and looking at their demeanour and contribution, everyone is yearning and has held the party for two consecutive wins has to be maintained,” he said.
The regional party election is slated to take place by the end of the month.
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