Mr. Felix Owusu-Adjapong one of the 17 NPP presidential aspirants for the party's congress tomorrow, has stated emphatically that he is convinced of winning the slot based on the signals he is getting from delegates.
Explaining further, the former Majority Leader in Parliament told a cross section of the media that, before and after the list of delegates was released; his strategy has been dealing with persons rather than a group.
Mr. Owusu-Adjapong said although he gets positive feedbacks from the delegates who have trusted hope in him as unifier, “I have been cross-checking their remarks to find out if truly what they are telling me is from the heart.”
On the issue of some aspirants dishing out huge sums of money to delegates, he took respite from the fact that, if it takes money to win election, President J. A. Kufuor would not have been elected as the flag bearer of the NPP.
“The delegates have assured me that they are never bothered by the money because the NPP is not for sale” he said.
He described the issue as “paying of past royalty to delegates” and made light of its tendency to influence the discerning delegates.
“I am therefore waiting for the congress day and God willingly I will win the election” he said.
He said whether he wins or not, he will still be a true party man. He does not therefore see the congress as “life and death” affairs for him to collapse based on the election result.
Mr. Owusu-Adjapong who is the MP for Akim Swedru Constituency maintained his stand that President Kufuor is not backing any of the aspirants despite wide speculation from the media and party functionaries including some presidential aspirants.
He stated that since the President himself has not come out to confirm it and none of those making the speculations have come out to defend the claim, he will disassociate himself from the allegation.
“Anybody using President Kufuor's name should be punished, I still stand by that” he remarked.
Mr. Owusu-Adjapong asked Asiedu Nketia the General Secretary of the NDC to come clean on his recent outburst claiming the NPP aspirants are full of “thieves”.
He promised to take him on if he wins at the congress.
He concluded his interaction with a popular slogan he has been using, “The Search is over, the Man is Here…It is Asieho!”