Handsome defeats at NDC Congress as Kofi Portuphy, Kofi Adams win

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There is a near-total overhaul in the leadership of the governing

National Democratic Congress (NDC) as NADMO boss Kofi Portuphy wins

the hotly contested Chairmanship race.

He beat the incumbent, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, who was seeking a third term

by pulling 2,457 out of the total votes cast. Former Trade Minister,

Dan Abodakpi came in second, securing 610 votes.

Former Attorney-General, Betty Mould Iddrisu, football administrator

Harry Zakour, former Women' Organiser, Anita Desooso, former Local

Government Minister, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, former Education Minister

Lee Ocran and former Ambassador to Egypt, Alhaji Said Sinare, a well

known party guru run out of the crowd to pick the six

Vice-Chairmanship slots.

Rawlings loyalist, Kofi Adams, trounced incumbent National Organiser,

Yaw Boateng Gyan.

General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia who was widely tipped before

the vote to win, retained his position. He polled 2,685 votes to beat

his only challenger, Abdullah Ishaq Farrakhan who polled a paltry 606


Former Communications Director Koku Anyidoho grabbed one of two Deputy

General Secretary slots.

He was one of six persons vying for the slots available. Former Adenta

MP, Kojo Adu-Asare failed to unseat incumbent George Lawson, picked up

the final ticket.

The congress was preceded by rancour and acrimonious campaigns but the

election process came off peacefully.

The winners were magnanimous and losers were gracious in defeat.

It remains to be seen how they will work together given some of the

aspirants prior Saturday's vote proved to regard others with tamed


General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia was reportedly booed by women

in Wa after he tried to campaign against Kofi Adams who was contesting

his colleague and friend, Yaw Boateng Gyan. He later denied the


But Mr. Adams said the General Secretary had lost respect in the

governing party.

Vice-Chairman, Anita Desosoo, a deputy NADMO Coordinator, and her

boss, Kofi Portuphy were not the best of friends before the delegates'

congress. They traded accusations publicly. Now they have to work

together as national officers of the NDC. It remains to be seen how

they mend the cracks.

The opposition New Patriotic Party had similar cracks prior to, and

even immediately after, the congress where its national officers were


It appears the NPP has managed to rise above its challenges.

The NDC will hope to do same.

In the meantime, the losers will be licking their wounds whilst the

victors rejoice.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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