His visit to the regions on Friday, May 21, 2021, was necessitated by the sheer number of party faithful who applied to be considered as the President's nominee for the position of MMDCEs across the country, particularly the 5 Northern regions.
715 people applied to be MMDCEs in 55 district in the 5 north regions
The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has embarked on a 3-day working visit of the five (5) Northern regions of Ghana.
Boadu was very concerned with the impact of the mass disappointments that may ensue as a result of the President picking 55 people out of the 715 men and women who have worked in diverse ways over the years for the party, especially to enhance the fortunes of the party.
Speaking to the aspirants, John Boadu said, "We cannot allow this process and the aftermath of it to derail the gains that have been made in uniting the party ahead of the 2024 general elections and beyond. We all should be mindful of the ramifications and manage our expectations, understanding the principle that what unites us as a party must be greater and bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions, differences of birth, wealth, tribal and ethnic affiliations."
A case in point, in the Upper East region over 237 people applied to occupy 15 MMDCE positions in the region. Out of this, 15 are women, with 23 aspirings in Abinduri being the highest and the least being Nabdam with 7 aspirants. In the Garu district, a different and worrying scenario where a family consisting of father, son, and mother all presented themselves to be considered as the District Chief Executive of Garu district.
In the Savana region, 83 people presented themselves to be considered, out of which 4 were women. The East Gonja Municipal- Salaga had 19 applicants representing the municipality which is the highest and the West Gonja Municipal - Damango had 5, which is the lowest in the Savana region.
The General secretary opined that the situation is no different in the Upper West region as 123 individuals applied in the region and out of this, 11 were women. Wa Central and Wa West each recorded 19 applicants, being the highest and Nandom registered 1 applicant, being the lowest in the Upper West and entire 5 Northern regions.
The northern region saw 208 applicants with 10 women. , Binduri had 23 applicants being the highest
While Nabdam 7 representing the district with the lowest applicants in the northern region.
The General Secretary who was alarmed said that the North East region had 71 applicants, with 6 of them being women. The East Mamprusi Municipal had 18 applicants and the West Mamprusi Municipal 6, representing the Municipalities with the highest and least applicants respectively in the North East Region.
John Boadu took the time to advise all the applicants at the various vetting/ interview centres he visited to remain committed to the party regardless of the outcome of their dreams and aspiration to lead their districts as the President's representative in their respective Municipal or District Assemblies.
He was, however, impressed with the quality of personnel who made themselves available to be considered, he was extremely excited to see the kind of committed human resources at the disposal of the President.
He also praised the vetting Committee at the various regional centres for their dedication and tireless efforts to help shortlist the applicants for the eventual decision to be made by the President.
JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!
Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or: