An aspiring Ashanti regional chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress Joseph Yamin has caused a stir at the Kumawu conference hall where the party’s regional executive election is ongoing after he stormed the place with a vigilante group – The Hawks.
Members of the group, affiliated to the opposition party, heralded the entry of Mr Yamin to the venue.
The Hawks, numbering about 30, reportedly asked police officers manning the gate to the conference room, where the election is being held, to vacate their post as they took charge of security on the grounds.
The former deputy Ashanti regional minister is being contested by three other people for the job.
The polls which was scheduled to start at 10am is yet to begin. The General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia is urging calm and order as delegates appear frustrated at the development, Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako Justice has reported.
Meanwhile, former President John Mahama has expressed his warm wishes to all candidates taking part in the NDC’s regional executive elections today, Saturday September 1.
According to Mr. Mahama, the enthusiasm and competitiveness in the election gives him hope in the future of the opposition party.
In a tweet Saturday Morning Mahama wrote: “Across all ten regions of the country, we’re today electing regional executive members for our party, the NDC. The competitive spirit & enthusiasm gives cause for confidence about the bright future of our party. I wish all aspirants goodluck. Remember, there are no losers”.
The National Democratic Congress is electing regional executives across the country. It comes after the party elected its regional women organisers and youth leaders over the week. Later in November the party will organise polls to elect its flagbearer and national executives for the next four years. The new leaders will supervise and lead the party into the 2020 elections against the ruling New Patriotic Party.
Already, about 11 individuals have declared their interest in contesting the flagbearership of the party including Mr. Mahama who led them in the 2016 elections. Other notable names in the contest are second deputy speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin and former trade minister Ekwow Spio-Gabrah.