Don’t contest Ofosu Ampofo for NDC national chair – Ayariga to Asiedu Nketia

Asiedu Nketia (Left) and Samuel Ofosu Ampofo

Bawku Central Member of Parliament, Mahama Ayariga has asked the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia not to contest for the position of the National Chair against the current chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.

Mr Ayariga believes that if Mr Asiedu Nketia contests for the posotion, it will put the party in a very difficult situation because the party cannot afford to lose one of them from the leadership.

Asked who he is supporting for the chairmanship position, while speaking on the Good Evening Ghana show on Tuesday December 7, he said “I actually haven’t given a thought. I believe that the two of them should find a way of continuing to work together, if you ask for my honest view. Because whatever Asiedu Nketia will accuse the chairman of, the chairman can equally accuse Asiedu Nketia of. They were together when we won elections, they were together when we lost two elections so the two of them are equally responsible.

“We have confidence in the two of them  and so we want them to remain  to work together  but if they force us to have to make a choice  it will be a difficult choice but we will  prefer that  the two of them find a way of  continuing to work together.

 “I don’t see the difference between  the powers of a General Secretary  vis-à-vis  the National Chairman,  If you ask me.

The General Secretary is more of the engine of the party  so, to move yourself from  General Secretary and go to  chairmanship, I don’t know what will happen  but I prefer that  they are all there because  Asiedu Nketia, in a way,  has become the soul of the party, everybody in the party likes Asiedu Nketia, the grassroots like him, everybody feels that he worked very hard for  the party. At the same time, they also have respect for the chairman of the party.

“So he is putting us in a very  difficult situation given that it is not  the chairman who wants to go and contest  General Secretary , it is he who wants to go and  contest the chairman.

 “So he is the one who is putting us in a very difficult situation . We like him so much.

“I know he has quite some weight in the party  and he is one of the  very few people who can have their way through  anything that they want in the party  except that  in this instance, I will  plead with him  to reconsider his decision  because it is going to put us all in a very difficult situation.

“We like him, under any circumstance we cannot lose Asiedu Nketia  but at the same time we don’t want to also throw away our chairman.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana