Kumasi, Feb 28, GNA - Mr. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, has been elected the new National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He polled 2,030 votes to beat off the challenge by his four other contestants, Stephen Ayesu Ntim, who had 1,804 votes, Sammy K.A.B Crabbe, 43, Dr Charles Wereko-Brobbey, 29 and Felix Kwasi Owusu Adjapong, 25 votes.
This was at the party's one day national delegates' conference held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
Other national officers elected by the 4,500 delegates from the 230 constituencies were Mr. Fred Oware, first Vice Chairman, Sheikh T.B. Bamba, second Vice-Chairman, Madam Sophia Horner-Sam, third Vice-Chairman, and Esther Dzifa Ofori, Treasurer.
The rest included Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, General Secretary, Alhaji Moctar Bamba, Organizer, Anthony A. Karbo, Youth Organizer, and Ms. Otiko Afisah Djaba, Women Organizer, and Abubakar Sulemana, Nasara Coordinator.
They would manage the affairs of the party for the next four years.
As the Ashanti Regional Electoral Officer, Mr Kofi Asomani, announced the results at 0130 hours, the anxious supporters of the elected candidates went into frenzy and danced to Phillipa Barfi's hit song "Go-Go High", which was adopted by the NPP as its campaign song in the 2008 general elections.
The voting and collation lasted for about eight hours and were conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner, presenting the 300 police and Fire Service personnel deployed to provide security with no troubles.
Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey said they were grateful to the delegates for the opportunity to serve both the party and the nation.
He vowed to lead the NPP to recapture political power in the 2012 general poll.
He called for an end to complaints and bickering in the party and said they should concentrate and move to the future.
"The country is crying, the people are suffering, they are in depression, looking to the NPP to come to their rescue", he said, drawing applause from the jubilant supporters.
Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey demanded from the party members' not only hard work but cooperation and support for the leadership to win back political power.
The new executive was sworn in by Mr Peter Mac-Manu, out-going National Chairman.
Earlier, former President John Agyekum Kufuor underlined the need for the party to resist the emergence of personality cult in the NPP, saying this was not only alien to its tradition but a threat to its unity.
"Reflect, Re-build and Recapture", was the theme for the conference.
There were fraternal messages from all the political parties except the ruling National democratic Congress (NDC).