About five names have popped up for the Ashanti Regional chairmanship.
The ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) will next year go to polls to elect new National and Regional Executives.
The five are the incumbent Chairman; Bernard Antwi-Boasiako who is known popularly as Chairman Wontumi, Chairman for Afigya Kwabre South constituency; Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, Mr. Borris Baidoo; an entrepreneur, Kwabena Owusu Aduomi; Former MP for Ejisu and a former MP for Nhyiaeso.
rawgist.com’s investigation reveals that things are not looking good for the incumbent; Bernard Antwi-Boasiako as the party hierarchy is displeased with his performance so far.
One of the five; Odeneho Kwaku Appiah seem to be enjoying favourable feedback from the rank and file of the party and is (all things being equal) tipped to topple the incumbent.
Our polls suggest he might garner over 60 percent of the total valid votes.
The disturbing issue is that most of the people we spoke to are constituency executives, they had serious issues with the current leadership.
Already, Mr Kwaku Appiah has received several endorsements from key grassroots members, party executives and Members of Parliament in the region.
Several delegates have reportedly suggested that he deserves to lead the party in the region, taking into account his major contributions to the NPP’s electoral fortunes in his constituency and region under his leadership as chairman.
Odeneho Kwaku Appiah has served as a polling staion executive and government appointee at the Bekwai District Assembly (KMA). He also served as the regional financial secretary during F.F Anto’s chairmanship, and currently the constituency chairman in the Afigya Kwabre South constituency of the Ashanti Region. He was recently retained when members of the association of Chairmen met to elect new executives to steer the affairs of the association in February 2021.
He is said to have held other positions in the party.
Meanwhile, the party is considering to further expand its electoral college, after an initial expansion in August 2009.
Mr. Boris Baidoo is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, philanthropist and CEO of Boris B’s Group of Companies. He is a successful poultry farmer.
Mr Baidoo has never held a political office but was however a team leader for the 2012 ‘Nana Onetouch’ campaign in the Ashanti Region.
Kwabena Owusu Aduomi is a former Member of Parliament for the Ejisu Constituency in the Ashanti Region and a former deputy minister for Roads and Highways. Aduomi became a maintenance engineer at the highway authority in Tamale and then proceeded to become project manager at highway authorities in the western region in 1994–2002. He also became the regional director for highways in the Ashanti region.
Bernard Antwi Boasiako known as chairman Wontumi is a one-term chairman of Bosomtwe Constituency and a two term regional chairman.
He a business man who is said to own a Gold mining company in Obuasi.
He is owner of Wontumi Communications Limited, -A radio and television station in Kumasi. Mr Antwi Boasiako is embarking on a campaign for re-election.
A former MP for Nhyiaeso constituency is also rumoured to be lacing his boots to join the race.