Kumai, Dec. 21, GNA – The newly-elected national executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) would work hand-in-hand with all stakeholders to engender unity of purpose and progress, Mr. Kofi Portuphy, the National Chairman, has declared.
Addressing delegates at the party’s Eight National Congress in Kumasi, the Chairman said they would bring on board the old executives, identifiable groups, and well-meaning members in the discharge of their duties.
This, he said, was critical to achieving the overall objectives and mission statement of the NDC to brighten their chances of retaining power in the 2016 General Election.
The Congress, structured to elect new officers of the party to steer its affairs for the next four years, saw more than 3, 500 delegates participating, including the Council of Elders.
A total of 70 contestants vied for 23 positions with the race for the National Chairmanship and National Organizer positions being the most keenly contested.
Dr. Kwabena Adjei, the incumbent Chairman, with 316 votes, for instance, lost his position to Mr. Kofi Portuphy, who garnered 2, 457 votes. Mr. Dan Abodakpi, a leading member of the NDC, who also contested the same position, recorded 508 votes in the election supervised by the Electoral Commission.
Mr. Huudu Yahaya, who became a key contestant also for the Chairmanship position, pulled out of the race few minutes to the start of the polls, citing personal reasons.
In the race for the National Organizer, Mr. Kofi Adams, an incumbent Deputy-General Secretary, thrashed the incumbent, Mr. Yaw Boateng-Gyan, polling 2, 543 votes as against 734.
Mr. Portuphy emphasised the need for NDC members to bury their differences, close their ranks, and abide by the party’s rules and regulations in their activities.
They should shun practices that had the tendency to derail their focus, he said.