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Asiedu-Nketiah elected NDC National  Chairman with 65.17% votes

Former General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah has defeated his former boss, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo to become the new Chairman of the party.

The 65-year-old politician who stepped down as the General Secretary after 17 years polled 5,574 representing 65.17% to win in a landslide victory.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo trailed Mr Nketiah with 2,892 votes representing 33.81% at the  Congress held at the Accra Sports stadium.

The others in the chairmanship race also include Samuel Yaw Adusei and Nii Armah Ashietey.

They secured 0.61% and 0.44% votes respectively at the end of the polls.

Voter turnout was 94%.

Mr Asiedu-Nketia a.k.a General Mosquito, aspiring National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) drew rousing applause at the party’s 10th National Delegates Congress clad in a “War Smock”.

He exchanged pleasantries with delegates and party supporters, weaving through the stands and football pitch and waved at the jubilant supporters, many of whom shouted in approval of his bid.

Clad in a black “war smock” with patches of NDC colours of red, white, and green on a black pair of trouser and black shoe to match, usual of him at such big party functions, the outgoing General Secretary auspiciously walked around the stadium amidst chants.

The General Secretary also wore a “Dagbon hat” to match his war smock – an identity of the Dagombas of the Northern Region, who mostly wear smocks with Dagbon hats.

Addressing the delegates ahead of the election, Asiedu-Nketia, called for total unity in the party to win the 2024 elections.

“We cannot win the impending elections with a divided front. I appeal to all to make conscious efforts to shun all activities that will affect the chances of the party in the 2024 elections.”

He further urged members of the NDC to embrace peace and unity ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections.

The outgoing General Secretary, however, asked for forgiveness if in the conduct of his role he might have offended the party faithful during his 17-year tenure as General Secretary.

General Mosquito said the party needed to form a formidable team with unity of purpose devoid of untoward activities for a resounding victory in the 2024 elections.

In all, over 60 candidates are contesting for various national positions at the 10th National Delegates Congress of the National Democratic Party.

The Congress has attracted a total of 8,964 delegates from across the country at the Accra Sports Stadium.

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