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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Isaac Osei disputes NPP ‘two-horse race’ catchphrase

Mr Isaac Osei is promising surprises at the NPP polls
Mr Isaac Osei is promising surprises at the NPP polls
A contender in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearership race, Mr Isaac Osei, is promising surprises in the impending party’s presidential election slated for August 7 this year.

Mr Osei in an interview with Joy News chastised the media for ignoring issues on the ground and code-naming the competition as a ‘two-horse race’, adding that, that mantra would be a mirage after the election.

“I know many of the media think it is a two-horse race. But I want to assure you that it is certainly not a two-horse race and it is very likely that there could be a surprise at the end of the day.”

Even though five persons have expressed their interest in the position, and are crisscrossing the country campaigning vigorously to win the sole slot, media attention has been focused on the supposed two main leading contestants – Nana Akufo-Addo, NPP’s presidential candidate in the 2008 general elections, and Alan Kyerematen, runner-up in the party’s presidential primary in 2008.

Mr Isaac Osei, who is also the Member of Parliament for Subin, has taken his campaign trail to Bimbila in the Northern Region.

He noted that his campaign message of hope, unity and peace has been going down well with delegates.

“I am also talking about competence, because we need to put the country in competent hands, and I think my background and experience will point to that fact.”

Meanwhile the New Patriotic Party is engaging its district and constituency executives on ways to build strong internal party structures for the 2012 elections.

Kwaku Owusu-Afriyie, General Secretary of NPP, said the party has formed a team of experts to review the functions of each executive.

The party’s National Executive Committee, he said, is also planning a meeting with all the five aspirants to discuss their concerns.

Source: Isaac Essel/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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