The Daily Dispatch can report authoritatively that former Spokesperson for the late President John Evans Atta Mills, will contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC) top post, the Deputy General Secretary.
Mr. Anyidoho is expected to face a stiff competition from one of the incumbent deputy general secretaries, Mr. George Lawson and Mr. Kojo Adu Asare, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Adentan.
Even though campaigning for the various NDC national executive elections due for October this year has begun in earnest, the position for the National Chairman, National Organizer, deputy General Organizer, deputy General Secretary and Youth Organizer is expected to be intense.
“The most interesting position will be the position of the deputy General Secretary where Koku is expected to battle it out with a Presidential Staffer Mr. Adu Asare and Mr. George Lawson, the incumbent.
“Perhaps the intensity could be the fact that the general secretary position is a no contest for Mr. Johnson Aseidu Nketia,” a political analyst told the Daily Dispatch.
Even though the Daily Dispatch will not be conducting any opinion polls on the elections, some views sought from the potential delegates indicate that it will be a straight fight between Mr. Koku Anyidoho and George Lawson.
For the position of the National Chairman, three names have emerged. They are the incumbent Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Agyei, the head of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Mr. Kofi Portuphy and former Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr. Dan Abodakpi. Even though Dr. Kwabena Agyei has supervised two NDC electoral victories in 2008 and 2012, the media blitz is on Mr. Portuphy and Mr. Abodakpi. If the intensity between the two gets very high, that could possibly allow the incumbent to slip through.
Another position which will generate a lot of interest is National Organizer. As at press time, it looked like a two-horse race between the incumbent, Mr. Yaw Boateng Gyan and Mr. Kofi Adams, one of the current deputy General Secretaries and Spokesperson for ex-president Jerry John Rawlings.
“What is going to be interesting in this campaign is that Mr. Kofi Adams will have to spend most of his time convincing delegates that the alleged recording of him saying that he will work hard with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to ensure the defeat of the late President, Pro. J.E.A Mills in the 2012 elections are not true,” a political analyst said.
Mr. Kofi Adams is likely to draw his support from the Rawlings base in the NDC party. Analysts believe that it is going to be a very close contest but the incumbent Yaw Boateng Gyan is having an edge because of his strong base of the late President Mills and President John Mahama.
So far two names have come up for the position of national youth organizer of NDC. They are the incumbent Ludwic Hlordze and a member of the NDC Communication team, Mr. Sam George.
Like in all political organizations, the NDC also have three factions, the Rawlings faction, John Mills faction and John Mahama faction. Apart from the position of National Organizer where Mr. Kofi Adams will rely on the support of the Rawlings faction and his opponent on the Mills and Mahama factions, it is not clear how these three factions will throw their weight behind the contestants for other positions.
The Daily Dispatch will keep our readers updated as and when things unfold.