Story by David Amarquaye

The National Convention of the progressive Peoples Party (PPP) will tody elect its national officers.
The PPP had originally set June 27, 2020 to hold the convention but postponed it to today.

The event will see new crop of leaders taking over the administration of the party ahead of the 2020 general election.

National executive

A representative of the Electoral Commission (EC) is expected to introduce for acclamation the newly elected national officers.

The virtual meeting will also affirm the officers nominated for appointment as per the party’s constitution, such as the executive director and the director of operations.

The PPP had over the past one month conducted the elections via electronic means, where the only person who went unopposed was the National Chairman, Nana Ofori Owusu.

Elected positions

The officers elected are Nana Ofori Owusu as National Chairman; Felix Ograh, Berlinda Bulley and Ban Saliah as First, Second and Third National Vice Chairpersons respectively.

The incumbent Communications Director, Paa Kow Ackon, is the new National Secretary, with Ms Abena Acheampomaah as Treasurer.

Presidential elections

The party will open nominations for the election of a presidential candidate on July 21, 2020 and close it on August 18, 2020.

It is unclear whether Dr Nduom, who has always been the party’s flag bearer since the party was formed in 2012, will contest.

He is currently in the United States of America.

Virtual meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the convention will be held via zoom at the party’s new headquarters located at Avenor Junction in Accra where 70 people, including selected media houses, will be present.

Unlike previous national conventions were the party executives and supporters congregated at a place, all regional chairpersons and their executives are to participate in the virtual meeting from their homes or convenient places while constituency executives will follow the proceedings via the party’s social media platforms such as the party’s facebook page and YouTube handle. It will also be broadcast on ATV/GNTV and a number of radio stations.

The Founder and Leader of the party, Papa Kwesi Nduom, and the National Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, who are currently held up in the United States of America (USA), will participate in the meeting via Zoom.


Per the schedule of activities, the meeting is expected to last one hour.

After the purpose of gathering, the EC representative is expected to officially declare the national officers as duly elected.

That will be followed by remarks by the newly elected chairman and followed by the closing prayer and departure.

Due to its determination to keep to the one-hour schedule, the party might not take goodwill messages from other political parties.

The Africa Liberal Network, of which the PPP is a member, will follow the programme on zoom.

Appointed positions

The National Committee has also appointed Mr Richard Nii Amarh as Executive Director; Mr Divine Nkrumah as the Director of Field Operations, with Mr Felix Mantey as Director of Communications, Mr Kofi Asamoah-Siaw as Director of Policy and Mr Kwaku Bio as Director of Research.

The National Committee also approved the appointment of Mr Faisal Abu as National Youth Co-ordinator and Jessica Manuel as National Women Co-ordinator.

All persons approved by the National Committee to occupy deputy positions shall be announced after the election.

Speaking at the gathering, Mr Nana Ofori Owusu gave out his remarks and encouraged all citizens or majority to vote for the Progressive People's Party(PPP). From his speech, he made mention that we have leaders in Ghana who have *Black masks but has white skins.* Explaining this statement, he said after the overthrow of the late His Excellency Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, all successive government have been interested not in changing how government is run, but rather to take over the duties of their colonial masters. He also said they are interested in putting on their suites to mimic the European, living in grandiose buildings to show great wealth, driving big cars and still stealing our funds and putting the monies in foreign accounts as if they are not Ghanaians.
He continued that we need selfless leaders who wish to serve and not to be served.

Giving out the speech, he said. "My brothers and sisters, the fight is no longer "white" people, it is against those who wear black masks but have "white" mentality of exploitation, subjugation, creators of perpetual poverty, under development, creating of mal nourished mind and soul. Black mask, white skin is the thinking that *I must keep them hanging like puppet on a string.*"

Mr. Nana Ofori Owusu concluded that the PPP is the ulternative party to those who had an opportunity to rule in the 4th Republic and also to receive change starts now with every Ghanaian citizen, because black lives matter and Ghanaian lives also matter.


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