Former Member of Parliament for the Mfantsiman West constituency, Stephen Asamoah Boateng mostly known as ‘Asabee’ would pick forms to contest to become the next National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), The New Publisher has confirmed from multiple sources of incontestable credibility .
Expectedly, Asabee, in person, would neither confirm nor deny such information to any media house at this point as a sign of respect for due process; which insists until nominations are opened, no interested wannabe candidate should go public.
However, checks indicate that almost all the 257 Constituency Chairpersons of the NPP, over the weekend were made aware in the Eastern Region, albeit unofficially, that Asabee, after comprehensive consultations, has finally yielded to the growing calls on him across the country to become the party’s next National Chairman.
The paper has also confirmed that the calls on Asabee to run for the chairmanship position are from the rank and file of NPP faithful across the 16 regions and party branches from several countries.
The NPP narrowly won the last general elections by the skin of the teeth but lost several of its seats in Parliament; and one need not be a political guru to predict accurately that to win the 2024 polls, the party would need a solid team led by a firm and innovative unifier who understands the grassroots dynamics of the party and has a tried and tested ability to not only activate but stimulate the energies and interests of the diverse stakeholders into a motivated, united and happy winning force.
It is a party confronted with the task of winning an unprecedented third term in a row and from the calls flocking in and pressure mounting on Asabee, there is a popular belief he has what it takes to ‘break the eight’, a term that means giving the party another four-year term in office to add to the two years it had won.
No party under the 4th Republic has won more than two terms in a row.
Currently, Asabee serves as Director General for State Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA) where is going the extra mile to help President Nana Akufo-Addo ensure that investments made by the State in State-owned Enterprises (SOEs), Joint Venture Companies (JVCs) and Other State Entities (OSEs) yield positive returns for the country.
Stephen Asamoah Boateng, under the President Kufuor led-Government served as a Minister for Local Government Rural Development and Environment, Tourism and Diaspora Relations.
He also served as Minister of Information and National Orientation.
Asabee’s political career begun in his early days as a political activist when he became the President of the Madina Students Union and the Secretary of the Central Committee of National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) from 1979 to 1982 during which era he stood up to the excesses of the PNDC under the then Chairman Rawlings.
He participated in the 2004 general elections as a representative of Mfantseman Constituency on the ticket of the NPP and was elected as the MP with a total of 28,081 votes out of 49,618 total valid votes cast that year.
His constituency was a part of the 16 constituencies won by the New Patriotic Party in the Central region in those elections.