The Brong Ahafo Regional executive election of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was nearly marred when alleged supporters of Mr Yaw Boateng Gyan, the National Organiser of the party, started distributing leaflets calling for the rejection of Mr Kofi Adams’s candidature in the party’s national elections.
Cause of confusion
Sources who pleaded anonymity and gave a copy of the said leaflet to the Daily Graphic said while the delegates were preparing to vote, a group of people from nowhere came and started sharing leaflets bearing the name “Hypocrisy of Kofi Adams Exposed” to the delegates.
On the leaflets were a number of reasons why Mr Adams, who is currently contesting the incumbent, Mr Boateng Gyan, for the national organiser position of the party, should not be voted for.
In addition, the source added that when one of the group members got to one of the delegates and tried to offer him the leaflet, the person rejected the leaflet, telling the distributor that he “could not read so he should take his leaflet away”.
The sources said the distributor of the leaflet got angry and slapped the person and that some sympathisers of the one who was slapped also decided to attack the distributor.
During the confusion, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku, who was not happy with the development, took the microphone and announced that if they did not stop the confusion within five minutes, he would call for their arrest.
“There are many people listening to this programme on television and radio, if you don’t stop this behaviour, we will hide you in a room until the elections are over. We can’t allow any of you to tarnish the image of the party in the region,” he warned.
However, after he had given the warning and the people were still not adhering to what he said, he left the high table together with a Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Alex Kyeremeh, and came back later.
Although the Daily Graphic could not establish whether Mr Opoku went out to call the police or not, it can, however, confirm that soon after the minister returned to his seat, a number of police personnel came to the election grounds.
Having restored normalcy, the elections began peacefully.
The incumbent regional chairman, Mr Opoku Manu, retained his seat with 207 votes to beat Kofi Manu and Nana Agyei Ntow, who polled 91 and one vote respectively.
In the vice-chairman slot which was contested by seven candidates namely Thomas Takyi, Kwabena Agyei Arhin, Unas Owusu, Ishak Twumasi Ankrah, Isaac Kofi Kyeremeh, Obeng Apraku Tandoh and Vida Boatemaa, Unas Owusu and Vida Boatemaa emerged as first and second vice chairpersons with 180 and 126 votes respectively.
Isaac Kofi Kyeremeh, Thomas Takyi, Kwabena Agyei Arhin, Obeng Apraku Tandoh, and Ishak Twumasi Ankrah polled 80, 72, 41, 33, and 14 votes respectively.
Dennis Yeboah Twumasi, the incumbent regional secretary, polled 226 votes to beat Kwame Anin Frempong who had 76 votes.
Mr Ahenkwah Yaw Fredrick won the deputy secretary seat with 80 votes as against Thomas Owusu Ansah, Prince Nyarko, Wahap Sualihu, and Seidu Iddrissu Bawa who got 66, 48, 42, and 41 votes respectively.
Amo Parku Clement won the treasurer position with 193 votes over his contenders, Nana K. Ampaabeng and Alhaji Baba Tankoh who polled 14 and 94 votes respectively.
Also, Joseph Abonkra Manu emerged winner in the deputy treasurer position with 124 votes whereas his contenders, Esther Owusu and Kwabena Taah Korang, polled 98 and 77 votes respectively.
In the heated propaganda slot, Elias Sfeir floored the incumbent Collins Mahama with 159 votes. Mr Mahama got 89 votes while another contender, Prince Diawuo, had 55 votes.
For the deputy propaganda secretary position, Iddrissu Salifu won with 155 votes while Comfort Ackah and Awudulai Eben polled 146 and 39 votes respectively.
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