John Boadu who is seeking re-election as General Secretary of the NPP come June 2022 is facing “competition” from the CEO of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) Justin Kodua Frimpong, Nana Obiri Boahen and former Tamale Mayor now Deputy Forestry Commission boss Musah Iddrisu Superior.
The YEA boss disclosed his appetite for the NPP General Secretary position during a mini get-together with a section of his constituents at Asokwa on February 13 this year.
The oldest contender, Nana Obiri Boahen who was seen as the closest to a real challenge to John Boadu had announced his bid earlier in 2021 but chickened out to concentrate on the party’s flagbearership race where he is supporting Vice president Bawumia.
Known for loose talk, Obiri Boahen was considered a keen challenger he and John Boadu largely know the same people and could be dividing votes but John Boadu would have easily beaten him with resources and mobilization.
The latest to join the race for the party General Secretary position is the former Tamale Mayor who has gone on an attacking spree against incumbent General Secretary John Boadu.
Mr. Superior’s last-minute decision to join the race may appear to be an afterthought to savvy delegates of the party.
In 2018, Pollster Ben Ephson predicted that anyone ready to unseat an incumbent like John Boadu or Asiedu Nketia must start early and work long and hard to achieve the target.
Sir Obama Pokuase, activist and other activists of the ruling NPP supporting Mr. Boadu believe none of the other persons represent a real challenge to Mr. Boadu’s reelection bid in terms of popularity, track record, appeal and resources.
The withdrawal of Mr. Obiri Boahen has been a major boost for John Boadu, they suggest.
Other contenders such as Mr Kodua believe he can do well because he has grassroots support. He explained that “we have weighed all options and I think I will come out stronger, I have heard the grassroots’ voice and I believe this is the right time to serve them”. However, only a handful of NPP activists are seen actively promoting him compared to John Boadu who appears to have deep ground.
In the case of Mr. Superior, he is totally absent compared to Mr. Kodua.
Pollster Ben Ephson will later next month release his polls on the upcoming NPP Executive election and sources say nothing will change based on his 2018 prediction that came true and saw John Boadu win overwhelmingly.