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IMPOSITION OF CANDIDATES IN 2008 AND THE TENDENCY OF HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF THIS YEAR…A CASE STUDY OF NPP…(PART 1)

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Peter Mac Manu’s dynamic and strategic leadership as the then NPP Chairman for Western Region propelled the party to a credible performance in the 2000 elections. A feat which had not been achieved by then.

Consequently, he vyed for National Chairman in 2004 and won by the narrowest of margins against Stephen Ntim.

Around the same time, Lord Commey who was the first National Organizer to clinch victory for NPP in 2000 was seeking re-election..Moctar Bamba gave him a battle of his life and also sailed through by a slim margin.

Ahead of the parliamentary primaries in 2008, the 2 party stalwarts were accused of imposing parliamentary candidates on the constituents.It eventually led to independent candidates in particularly Ashanti Region, and the likes of JOE-WISE emerged victorious against the NPP parliamentary candidate.

Generally, the apathy as a result of the imposition had an effect on the Presidential elections as Akufo-Addo who came close to a first round victory in 2008 lost in the 2nd round because the party failed to secure majority in parliament..

Mac Menu as principled as he is accepted responsiblity for the party’s defeat and decided not to seek re-election. Lord Kommey also followed suit by not contesting..

For all the good work Mac Menu did as NPP Chairman for Western Region in 2004, it got eroded by the bitter experience of 2008…

It took him 8 solid years to politically redeem himself as the 2016 Campaign Director…

CHAIRMAN WONTUMI despite steering the affairs of the party to victory in 2016,risk eroding the gains and plunging further apathy in the stronghold of the party bemoaning of deplorable roads.

Mr President holds WONTUMI in high esteem but he needs to call him to order before he wrecks havoc in the parliamentary elections which has rippling effect on his presidential bid.

TO BE CONTINUED!!!

Enock Sarpong writes

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