General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has called for the general public to disregard reports that he’s been warned against contesting for certain positions within the NDC.
Previous reports claimed that a meeting of the NDC’s Council of Elders had advised the long-time party General Secretary against contesting for any other seat within the party.
However, Asiedu Nketia categorically denied that assertion in a statement, admitting that whilst he regularly meets the Council, no such advice has ever been proferred to him.
There have been multiple reports recently of an upcoming Civil War in the NDC.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia, one of the party’s most powerful forces, is said to be angling for a promotion to become National Chairman.
General Mosquito, as the shrewd political operator is known, has been widely reported as interested in challenging current Chairman Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo for his seat at the party’s upcoming national delegates congress.
Asiedu Nketia has refused to confirm or deny the reports but he recently made it firmly known that no seat in the party is the personal preserve of one person.
Following those revelations, recent reports said the party’s Council of Elders have dissuaded Mr Asiedu Nketia from contesting for another’s national executive’s position and sparking acrimony within the party.
However, Asiedu Nketia categorically denied receiving any such advice.
He said the Council of Elders believe in internal democracy and would never acquiesce to a candidate being imposed on the party.
Meanwhile, current National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has indicated his readiness to defeat General Mosquito if indeed the General Secretary intends to take over his seat.
“I know everyone has a talent in the party, and my talent is that I am a party builder. I build the youth and give some opportunities to rise through the ranks of the party. The party is experiencing transformation and revolution under my leadership. Let me say that I will defend my title and retain my seat. In spite of whoever comes up against me, I will defend and retain my seat,” he said during an interview with Kumasi-based Oyerepa TV.