The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary aspirant for the Nhyiaeso constituency in the 2016 elections, Dr Samuel Sarpong has rubbished claims that he is interested in contesting for the chairmanship position of the party in the Ashanti Region.
In his first public pronouncement on the matter, the former Managing Director for the State Housing Company Limited (SHCL) in an interview with the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper denied ever making any suggestion or comment to anybody about such intent.
According to him, the claims were the figment of the imagination of the people who were spreading that falsehood.
‘’My brother take it from me and make my point so firm as you hear me that I am not interested in any chairmanship or whatsoever position’’, the former MD stressed.
He further stated, ‘I am surprised people can sit and cook up such lies because I have not said anywhere that I was interested in any position’.
The former MD, however, intimated his commitment to supporting the party when it opens up nominations for the upcoming internal executive polls.
According to him, the party needed quality personnel to lead it back to political power since they will be doing so from the point of an opposition party.
‘’Our party now needs people with impeccable moral and social records so that they could appeal to the larger electorate into putting their trust in the NDC again’’, Dr Sarpong noted.
He, therefore, charged party members to ensure they choose good people who could bring some fresh sense of dynamism and competence to the leadership front.
‘’ We will have to depart from the old way we did things which resulted in our defeat and look towards persons whose quality and competence cannot be questioned any day’’, the former regional minister posited.
Recently, there had been rumor in both party circles as well as in the media that the former SHCL Manager was lacing up his boots to contest for the status as regional chairman.
The NDC would be opening up for members to contest for regional, branch as well as ward positions in the party’s internal polls countrywide.
In Ashanti, Joseph Yammin, former Deputy Head, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the party’s current vice-chairman, Augustus Nana Akwasi are tipped to fight for the ticket as regional chairman.
Joseph Yammin has, however, stoked controversy as he took the current leaders to the cleaners just after the NDC lost the 2016 polls.
He described the current executives as ‘misfits’ and slammed them for performing abysmally in their duties during the campaign season.