Aspiring General Secretary Hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Musah Superior

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Iddrisu Musah, says he is unhappy with the ‘breaking the eight mantra’, being trumpeted by the rank and file of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

According to him, even though the mantra has gained momentum, there is the need for the party to look away from that particular slogan and place more focus on addressing the pertinent challenges confronting the party at the moment.

Speaking in an interview with Benjamin Akakpo on the AM Show on Monday, Iddrisu Musah, popularly known as ‘Musah Superior’, expressed worry over the current state of affairs within the party.

In his view, if the existing hurdles are not cleared, the fortunes of the party may be affected in the next election.

With hopes of becoming the party’s next General Secretary, Musah Superior therefore stressed the need for the NPP to be placed on a united and healthy footing, in order to retain power in the next general elections.

“We cannot go into this election with this current state of our party, no. We need to get the party well and that is why I am not very excited about this mantra, ‘we’re breaking the eight’. I think that we’re jumping the gun. We’ve got to get ourselves properly organized, do a lot of talking [and] have a proper conversation so that we can now talk about 2024”, he emphasised.

He added that, “The growth of the party has been quite progressive. And if you think you have the capability and the capacity to help the party grow and to help the party to become purposeful and meaningful, I think that you should make yourself available to serve the party so that’s the reason why I want to take a party job and I’m looking forward to working with the party closely and other officers of the party, so that we can get the party back to order for the crucial battle ahead of us in 2024”.

The comments by Musah Superior come in the wake of a series of complaints by some aggrieved party supporters, following the party’s recently held constituency and regional elections.

In a streak of lamentations, the disgruntled party members alleged foul play in the party’s constituency and regional elections. According to them, certain top guns in the NPP pulled strings to favour their preferred candidates, leading to a lack of transparency and credibility in the nationwide polls.

This they said could create factions in the party which can derail the NPP’s ambitions of winning the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Against this background Musah Superior expressed his readiness to work with all stakeholders to unite the party’s front going into the 2024 polls.

Meanwhile, the National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has announced that its National Annual Delegates’ Conference will be held on Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17, 2022.

The event which is being organized to elect national officers for the Party will take place at the Accra Sports Stadium.

“Pursuant to Section I 7(2) of the Political Parties Law, Act 574, which provides that the election of National, Regional and Constituency Officers of every political party shall be conducted under the supervision of the Electoral Commission, the National Elections shall be supervised by the Electoral Commission of Ghana,” the National Council stated in a press release.

In this regard, Musah Superior will be seeking to unseat the party’s current chief scribe, Mr John Boadu; who has also expressed his willingness to contest the Secretary portfolio again.

Accordingly, a nine-member National Elections Committee has been constituted to superintend over all election-related processes.

Members are; Peter Manu (Chairman), Evans Nimako (Secretary), Ambassador Edward Boateng, Mawusi Nudekor Awity, Amin Anta, Alhaji Bismi Hussain, Ing. Kwesi Abease, Oboshie Sai Coffie, Lawyer Gary Nimako, Eric Ntori, and Lawyer Emmanuel Darkwa.

Nominations will be opened on Wednesday, June 8, and will be closed on June 12.

Filing of nominations will also commence on June 13 and end on June 15.