NDC Regional Election: Ativor, Yamin Fall – As Ade Coker Wins
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the weekend elected its new regional executives in all ten regions with some big names suffering losses.
In the Greater Accra Region, Ade Coker, the incumbent regional Chairman was given the red light by the delegates to continue his chairmanship of the region.
He narrowly lost the seat to his closet contender Daniel Amartey Mensah, former MCE for LEKMA, gaining 26 more votes to retain his seat.
Mr. Coker won with 319 votes while his trailing contenders- Mr. Amartey Mensah, and Emmanuel Ashie Moore, former Adentan MP, had 293 and 283 votes respectively.
Yahya Kundow, who was also in the race polled 107 votes.
Former MP for Ablekuma Central, Theophilus Tetteh was voted as the Greater Accra Regional Secretary, while Anthony Nukpenu had 390 votes to be retained as the party’s Greater Accra Regional Organizer.
In the Volta Region, Former Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor, lost her bid to lead the party in the region by just 117 votes.
She was able to garner 374 votes while John Gyapong Kudjo won with 491 votes, edging her out of the race.
As if by design, Egypt Kudoto, the incumbent Volta Regional Youth Organizer of the party and aide to the former Transport Minister also lost the NDC Youth Organizer position for the region.
Kudoto, a former reporter for the now defunct The Enquirer newspaper, lost his re-election bid to his deputy, Mathias Alagbo who polled 51 votes against Kudoto’s 47 votes.
In the Ashanti Region, former Deputy Minister, Joseph Yamin’s bid to lead the NDC in the region also failed as he lost by 88 votes to Andrews Augustus Nana Akwasi who polled 699 votes.
The newly elected regional chairman, Augustus Andrew Nana Kwasi in a speech thanked the delegates for their nod and called for a collaboration between all factions of the party.
“We should have a united front to fight for power in 2020. It is the party that has won and not an individual and so to all my contenders, the factions have all been dissolved today, now we know everyone is capable and so we are calling everyone on board to work immediately.”
“We will not wait any longer, since we have been given the go ahead, we must start working so we can produce good accountability of our works at the end of our 4-year tenure.”
In the North, the Chief of Tugu-Yapala in the Dagbon Traditional Area, Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila, was elected the Regional Chairman.
The 80-year-old commercial farmer beat his main contender, Godfred A. Wumbei, the outgoing regional Organizer by 96 votes.
Chief Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila participated in the regional Championship race for the third time.
He was in the race with other NDC stalwarts including a former Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson