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08.01.2010 NPP News

I will win Asawase for NPP-aspiring regional secretary

By Issah Alhassan, Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
I will win Asawase for NPP-aspiring regional secretary
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A LEADING aspirant for the Regional secretary position of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Joseph Owusu Boakye, aka Abito, has pledged to work assiduously to add the only orphan constituency in the Kumasi metropolis-the Asawase constituency-to the tally of the NPP when elected in the upcoming regional congress.

In a daring and ambitious move to show his seriousness, the Special Assistant to the former Finance Minister in the previous administration of the NPP, has vowed to willingly relinquish his position as the regional secretary if he fails to win the Asawase seat for the NPP.

“I am daring the authorities and delegates of the party to bet me on this that if I fail to snatch the Asawase seat from the NDC in 2012 as the Regional Secretary of the party, I would honourably resign from the position,” he stated.

Mr. Owusu Boakye, who made the promise in an interview with The Chronicle, said his main objective would be to adopt a new paradigm shift and provide strategic and innovative policies to engender and motivate the party's foot soldiers to contribute meaningfully to the party's campaign.

He noted that even though it was an undeniable fact that the Ashanti Region is the strong hold of the party, the relatively good performance of the NDC in previous elections, which has seen them winning three seats in the region, should be a source of concern to all true loving supporters of the party.

“I have always maintained that the NDC should not go beyond 22% of the voter population in the Ashanti Region, as it gained 26% in the 2008 elections and I hope to cut down this figure through pro-active, pragmatic and election –winning strategies,” he emphasized.

The NPP Regional Secretary aspirant stated further that he hopes to work diligently as the administrator and general manager of the party in the region to bring on board political branding, re-engineering, re-tooling and effective communication tactic s in order to re-invigorate brilliant, time-tested and impressive record of the former President Kufuor during his eight year rule.

Mr. Owusu Boakye stated that the NPP must effectively take advantage of the unprecedented achievements of the former President Kufuor and tell Ghanaians the difference between the immediate past administration and that of the NDC, contending that Kufuor's success story should be enough to win elections for the NPP.

He noted that the party must effectively capitalize on the woeful performance of the NDC administration under Prof.Mills in order to draw the youth and other floating voters into the fold of the party and sustain them until the 2012 elections.

He has therefore appealed to the delegates in the Ashanti Region to vote massively for him during the upcoming regional congress in order to redeem the party from its strings of defeats.

Meanwhile, reports gathered by the paper reveals that all is set for the opposition party to conduct its much-awaited regional congress on January 20 to elect substantive executives to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.

This follows series of legal battles and litigations which have resulted in the inability of some of the constituencies to conduct their congresses to select new constituency executives.

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