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31 August 2009 | Politics

“I am the most suitable person to bring the NPP back to power as next National Chairman of the party,” former Tourism Minister in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Mr Jake Otanka Obestebi Lamptey, disclosed on Asempa Fm, an Accra based radio station on Friday.

Obestebi Lamptey, who is highly tipped by political watchers to become the one to succeed Peter Mac Manu as the next Chairman of the NPP, was explaining the reasons why he should be given the nod as the National Chairman.

He insisted that his credentials and track record in politics undoubtedly outweigh his fellow competitors adding, “I am the best amongst the names that have come up.”

“Looking at the names that is in the public domain so far, I do not think or believe any of them is popular than me in the party. My personality and name is a household one amongst the rank and file of the party and moreover, I was also in the trenches with them during the struggle for multi party democracy,” submitted Obestebi Lamptey.

He added “Delegates will not forget the good relationship I established when I was campaigning to become the flag bearer of the party last year. They (delegates) know what I am capable of doing because I was able to shepherd the victory we (NPP) chalked in 2000,” maintaining he has the wherewithal to see the NPP win in 2012.

According to the touted campaign strategist, the current state of the NPP requires committed and a strong-minded person to man the affairs of the party, stating that “leading a party to win major elections is no child's play.”

Whilst urging the delegates to give him the mandate to become the National Chairman, Obestebi Lamptey also seized the opportunity to disabuse the minds of the public that there are existing factions in the NPP.


“There are no factions in the party as it is being speculated in some quarters. I should say that it is rather the making of people who do not want see the NPP grow in unity who are peddling this falsehoods. But, I can tell them that their plan will not succeed this time around.”

“I will also urge Ghanaians, particularly NPP members to stay calm and have faith in the leadership of the party. Some of us are willingly to do whatever legitimate to enable the party win the 2012 elections, Obetsebi Lamptey told program Host, Kojo Preko Dankwa.

Mr Stephen Ayensu Ntim, Jake Obestebi Lamptey, business magnate and Member of Parliament for Assin North Constituency, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong are the names that have come up for the chairmanship slot.

But, political analysts have predicted it to be a straight contest between Jake Obestebi Lamptey and Stephen Ayensu Ntim, who lost narrowly to Peter Mac Manu last time around.

Besides, Alhaji Moctar Bamba and former Central Regional Minister Isaac Edumadze and the incumbent Lord Commey are jostling to become the National Organizer of the party with Samuel Jinapor, Stephen Amoah and Arnold Asante are also seriously lobbying for the National Youth Organizer position.

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