The General Secretary of the governing NPP, John Boadu, on Tuesday, 31st May, 2022, officially declared his intention to contest for re-election as the Party’s General Secretary and proceeded to hold a media campaign launch, on the theme, “Breaking the 8: Making History Together With The Time-Tested General #Adwenk3se3.
The media launch was attended by constituency and regional executives from the various regions led by their chairmen including Chairman Wontumi of Ashanti, Chairman Samba of Northern, Chairman Divine of Greater, Chairman Armah of Western North among others. Also in attendance were MMDCEs, Members of Parliament from the various Regions many of whom were from the Ashanti and Northern Regions. Government appointees including CEOs of many state state institutions were not left out. Equally, party stalwarts including past and present national officers were in attendance.
Notable names at the Launch were Hon Freddy Blay (Current National Chairman), Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Aeron Quaye (former Speaker of Parliament), Madam Rita Talata Asobayire (1st National Vice Chairperson), Hon. Fred Oware (former 1st National Vice Chair & Chief of Staff, Office of Dr. Bawumia), Lord Commey (former National Organizer and Director of Operations), Hon Joe Gartey (MP and Flagbearer Hopeful), Carlos Von Brazi (Deputy Chief of Staff), Alhaji Amadu ‘Business’ (a Founding Member of the NPP), Hon Habib Iddrisu (MP Tolon and Deputy Majority Chief Whip).
Other were Sammi Awuku (National Organizer), Kate Gyamfua (National Youth Organizer) Abdul Aziz Futa (National Nasara Coordinator), Hon Farouk Aliu Mahama (MP, Yendi), Hon Sylvester Tetteh (MP, BNA), Hon Ekow Vincent (MP, Old Tafo), Hon. Abdul Aziz Musah (MP, Old Tafo), Hon Akwasi Afrifa (MP Amasaman), Hon Abdallah Iddi (Salaga North), Elvis Figo (Upper East Regional Secretary), Abibata Shani Mahama (CEO MASLOC), Dr. Louise Carol Serwaa (CEO, ALP), Nana Akomea (CEO, STC), Dr. Bernard Oko Boye (CEO, NHIS) among several others.
Speakers after speakers, took turn to extol the virtues of John Boadu (aka Adwenkese), giving personal testimonies about his age-long commitment to the Party, and his vast experience spanning over two decades particularly in party organization, operations and administration, which experience including his election-winning track record, they strongly opined, would be needed by the NPP in order to be able to break the 8 come December 2024.
On his part, John Boadu highlighted the need to elect officials with experience to run the affairs of the party, especially as the party aims to ‘break the 8’ by defying the traditional eight-year election cycle which Ghana’s democracy has become noted for. He indicated that although he had calls from certain segments of the party to retire following the expiration of his term, he could not heed such calls, knowing full well that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is rallying its experienced executives – old and new – for the battle ahead.
“My position is fortified by the fact that our great party is seeking to do what no political party in the Fourth Republic has been able to do, which is to ‘break the 8’ and win; thus win three successive general elections. To achieve this, the party needs to put forward its best foot forward, and here, ‘experience’ will count a lot. This is the time the rich experience that I have acquired in working for the party will be needed the most.”
He stressed the need for the party and its delegates to retain his organisational and election-winning prowess as General Secretary particularly as the party goes into the difficult elections of 2024 with a new National Chairman, new National Organizer, new National Treasurer, new National Youth Organizer, New Running Mate and a new Flag bearer.
“Now more than ever, the party needs my experience as the longest-serving national officer of the party, having spent more than two decades at the party headquarters as a party officer, to guide and assist the new national executives and the new presidential candidate and new running mate deliver the much-needed victory for the party,” he concluded, amid loud applause from the audience.