Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, a former general secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has supplanted Samuel Ofosu Ampofo as the party’s new chairman.
According to official data, Mr. Asiedu Nketiah, who retired after 17 years as the General Secretary, received 5,569 votes, or more over 60% of the vote, to win in a resounding triumph.
At the 10th National Delegates Congress of the NDC, which was held at the Accra Sports stadium, Mr. Ofosu Ampofo received 2,892 less votes than Mr. Nketiah.
Nii Armah Ashietey and Samuel Yaw Adusei, two further contenders, also received 38 and 52 votes, respectively.
The voter turnout was 94%.
There were worries that the party will split up following the congress on Saturday as a result of Mr. Asiedu Nketiah’s choice to challenge his boss for the chairmanship position.
But Mr. Ofosu Ampofo asserted that the party is too powerful to separate after a congress while addressing the delegates at the 10th National Delegates Congress on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium.
“I want our detractors to know that our party still remains strong, and we will come out of today’s elections even stronger. The chairmanship contest between the party chairman and the general secretary will not destroy the NDC, we are all too strong and too intelligent for that.”
“Let those false political prophets from the opposing side who are predicting armageddon after today’s election be clear in their minds that today will rather mark a renaissance of the great akatamansonians,” Mr Nketiah added.
The election on Saturday “will signal the beginning of our march towards liberating Ghana from the wickedness, incompetence, and calamitous NPP rule,” he continued.