The raucous General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dispelled rumours being peddled by his deputy that he will not seek re-election if the party opens nominations.
Asiedu-Nketia said he has not had any discussions with any party stalwart over his decision not contest for the slot.
“I have a month and I can speak for myself and will not wait for anybody to do that on my behalf,” Mr. Asiedu-Nketia roared from his farm at Seikwa in the Brong Ahafo region.
The tactful politician dispelled the rumours being bandied about by one his Deputy General Secretaries; Koku Anyidoho on the Happy FM’s afternoon show dubbed ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ hosted by Kwame Afrifa Mensah in Accra.
“I’m still in the race for the General Secretary slot of the NDC and I have not directed anybody to tell the world I’m not seeking re-election as the Chief Executive Officer of the party. I have not given my blessings to anyone vying for the position besides it is too early for anyone to start thinking about internal contest when there is work ahead,” General Mosquito told Happy FM.
According to him, “the party is now going for the branch elections before constituency elections then followed by regional elections before the National elections so what is the haste to succeed me?,” he posited.
He minced no words to say if he had to decide not to contest, he will do so in consultation with his family and friends and not somebody else.
Koku Anyidoho early this week confirmed that some key members of the party including the current General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia were calling on him to contest for the position since he [Asiedu Nketia] had disclosed he would not contest .
“Aseidu Nketia has given me his endorsement and some bigwigs and I see that as a beauty of the democracy because, if he has decided not to contest, why should I refuse. I will gladly step in his shoes and work for the party,” he said on Accra based Neat FM.
NDC functionaries have come under intense pressure from party faithful to hold an early congress following its defeat in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections held on December 7.
Many people have expressed their intentions to run for positions in the party should it open nominations.
The opposition NDC recently held a crucial National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which saw party leaders deliberate on the best ways to recapture power in the 2020 elections.
But Mr. Anyidoho believes he possesses the qualities to succeed Asiedu Nketia and has what it takes to wrestle power from the NPP in 2020.
“Asiedu Nketia has given me the green light and I promise to continue the great work he is doing for the party because, I have what it takes to help wrestle power from the NPP,” he said.