|Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen (left), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (middle), NPP supporters in heated exchanges at the Congress grounds (right)|
The former Presidential candidate confirmed his popularity in the stronghold of the opposition party, after beating his main challenger, Alan Kyerematen 6-3, in the party’s Regional conference held at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi .Amongst the positions secured by Nana Akuffo Addo’s dream team included the Regional Chairmanship, Regional Secretary, first Vice chairman, Youth Organizer, Assistant Secretary and the Regional treasurer positions.
After an exhaustive and tension-built regional conference, delegates elected Mr. Frederick Fredua Antoh, a former chairman of the party back to power, defeating the incumbent, Mr. Yaw Amankwaah, a favourite candidate of Alan Kyerematen. Mr.Antoh polled 429 votes against his main challenger, Mr. Amankwaah, who secured 267 votes.
Alhaji Shaibu Musah Sherrif, a former Ambassador to Guinea in the previous administration and a member of the Nana Addo team, beat his opponents by securing 395 votes as against 204 and 52 by Nana Okyere Tawiah and Odeneho Nana Pong respectively, with the incumbent Dr. Kwame Asubonteng securing 41 votes. In the Regional Secretary position, Mr. Samuel Payne, also a member of the Nana Addo’s dream team beat his only competitor, Mr. John Owusu Boakye, aka General Abito, by securing 435 votes as against 253.
The Assistant Secretary position also fell to Mr. Asamoah Boateng, the former DCE for Jacobu, who secured 453 votes against his main challenger, Samuel Owusu Afriyie, who polled 240 votes. Gideon Boako secured 394 votes to beat his opponents -Kwadwo Adjei Frimpong and Nana Agyenim Boateng, who secured 248 and 48 votes respectively to become the new regional Youth Organizer.
The 724 delegates also elected Mrs. Hagar Asante, a member of Nana Addo’s team as the Regional Treasurer, after she polled 480 votes as against John Peter Atiemo’s 213 votes. The pro-Alan candidates, who managed to sail through in the decisive conference, included Kennedy Kankam who beat his closest challenger, Opoku Agyenim Bonsu, with 335 and 283 votes respectively, with Sekyerehene Boateng and the incumbent Organizer, Alhaji Ben Abdallah, polling 9 and 65 votes.
Kwabena Nsenkyire narrowly defeated his closest challenger, Mr. Samuel Cudjoe, a member of Nana Addo’s team, after polling 367 votes as against 313 by Sam Cudjoe, while Akwasi Acheampong secured 13 votes to become the new regional first vice chairman.
In the Women’s Organizer position, Alberta Owusu-Ansah defeated the incumbent, Mary Brobbey, by 363 to 329 respectively.