Koku Anyidoho, the founder of Atta Mills Institute and former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has spoken out against the National Chairman of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah. Anyidoho insists that he has the right to vote in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries, and that Asiedu Nketiah cannot stop him.
Speaking to journalists at the 10th Eastern Presbytery Synod 2023 in Koforidua, Anyidoho emphasized that he is still a member of the NDC and has a new voters ID card. He challenged Asiedu Nketiah to produce evidence that he has been sacked from the party, and maintained that he will participate in the primaries on May 12, 2023.
Anyidoho also endorsed Dr. Kwabena Duffuor for president, stating that he is more competent than former President John Dramani Mahama. He praised Dr. Duffuor’s experience in managing the economy, including his work as Finance Minister under President Mills. Anyidoho believes that Dr. Duffuor has the potential to build on the economic successes of President Mills, including single digit inflation and infrastructure expansion.
In addition, Anyidoho urged the Electoral Commission to address concerns raised by Dr. Duffuor’s campaign team regarding a fraudulent register for the primaries. He warned that failure to address these concerns before the May 12th deadline could have dire consequences and discredit the EC Chairperson.
For the most part, Anyidoho’s comments reflect the ongoing tension within the NDC as the party prepares for its primaries. Anyidoho’s endorsement of Dr. Duffuor is significant, as it suggests a split within the party between supporters of Duffuor and those who back Mahama. Anyidoho’s challenge to Asiedu Nketiah is also noteworthy, as it highlights the power struggle within the party and raises questions about who has the final say in NDC affairs.
In a nutshell, the NDC primaries promise to be a contentious and closely watched event, with the outcome likely to have a significant impact on Ghanaian politics.