Ms. Yaba Samia Nkrumah embraces an elated Professor Francis Nkrumah, eldest son of Dr. Nkrumah as he congratulates his sister
The daughter of Ghana’s first president, Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah, has made history in the annals of the nation's political history.
She polled a whooping 1,151 at the Convention People’s Party’s (CPP) national delegates congress held in Accra at the weekend. By this feat, Samia Nkrumah, the only CPP Member in Parliament, becomes the first woman to become chairman of the party, and the first woman chairman of a political party in the history Ghana.
She recorded a landslide victory over three seasoned contenders including the incumbent chairman, Ladi Nylander who could only manage 353 votes.
Former chairman of the party, Professor. Edmund Delle had 332 votes with Madam Bentsi-Enchill polling only 10 votes.
For the position of the vice chairmanship, Susan Adu Amankwah had 529 votes, whereas Rodaline Ayana had 385 votes with Oteng Anane’s 311 votes to respectively become the first, second and third chairpersons of the party.
The other contenders of the same position, Ibrahim Seidu, William Nana Buckman and Kojo Armah had 220, 195 and 184 votes respectively.
In the General Secretary’s slot, incumbent Mr Kobina Ivor Greenstreet polled 716 votes ahead of Nii Akomfrah who had 672 votes, while Mr Ekow Duncan had 471 votes.
Mr. Seth Gomnah had 1005 votes to beat the incumbent Mr. Kosi Dede, to become the National Treasurer of the party.
The position of the National Organizer went to Mr Abu Forgor, who gathered 1093 votes ahead of Evelyn Alamisi Anabilla and Appiah Amankwah had 347 and 408 votes respectively.
For the National Women’s Organiser, Mary Ankumah Boackye-Boateng won with 917 votes, Hajia Hamdatu Ibrahim-Haruna 635 votes, and Aisha Suley Futa 313 votes.
Murtala Mohammed won the National Youth Organizer with 802 votes, whereas Francis Opai Tetteh, and Issifu Kadiri respectively had 186 votes and 570 votes.
It was an electrifying scene when Ms Yaba Samia Nkrumah,led by vociferous singers and dancers with a choreographic dance amid wild cheers and wearing Tee Shirts with her effigy embossed on them,arrived at the venue.
Prof. Delle arrived with a royal retinue led by a linguist holding a staff with the party’s emblem amidst drumming and dancing, he was greeted with thunderous applause from the delegates and supporters.
Mr Ladi Nylander and Ms Araba Benchi-Enchil, Second Vice Chairman were already seated.
Other aspirants for the various positions on the National Executive Committee were given appreciable recognition on their arrival.
In a solidarity message, Mr Kofi Adams, Deputy General Secretary of National Democratic Congress (NDC) commended the CPP for eventually organising the congress.“The NDC commends you for the resilience and tenacity to succeed which has culminated with the Congress,” Mr Adams noted.
The NDC Deputy General Secretary acknowledged the fraternal relationship between the NDC and CPP and prayed for a successful congress. Conspicuously absent at the opening session was Dr Paa Kwasi Nduom, the party’s Presidential Candidate during Election 2008.
Mr Bernard Mornah, General Secretary of Peoples National Convention (PNC) in a solidarity message commended the party for the orderly manner it had organised the congress and urged delegates to elect executives that would truly reflect on the party's ideology.
Other solidarity messages were received from New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP).
Other leading members of the party present were Dr Kwaku Osafo, Professor Agyeman-Badu Akosa, Mr Bright Akwetey all presidential hopefuls, Professor Francis Nkrumah, Mr Sekou Nkrumah and Dr Vladimir Antwi Danso. The CPP is the third political party after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the NDC to elect National Officers towards gearing up for Election 2012.
The weekend's elections was significant for one thing. Women took over the topmost leadership positions of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), winning four out of the nine National Executive positions at the end of the party’s Extra-Ordinary National Delegates Congress in Accra.
The positions are: National Chairman and leader of the party, Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah; First and Second National Vice Chairman, Mrs Susan Adu Amankwah and Ms Rodaline Ayarna respectively, the National Women’s Organiser, Ms Mary Ankumah Boakye-Boateng.
The CPP becomes the first political party in the country to be controlled by women. Analysis of the contest indicates that the National Chairmanship contest was between two women against two men; two women again contested against four men for the three slots of the Vice Chairmanship.
The two women picked the first and second spots. The incumbent Woman National Organiser however lost to a man. CPP leading personalities described the feat as an honour to the memory of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, as the delegates elected his daughter to occupy the topmost position within the party.
Ms Nkrumah immediately demonstrated her quest for unity by inviting Professor Edmund N. Delle and Mr Ladi Nylander to sandwich her whilst she outlined her vision in a victory speech.
She thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in her and called on them to come on board to revive the CPP.
“There are no winners and losers in this election. We need the effort and inputs of every single member to lift the party brick by brick,” she said and noted that the election of three women in the national executives of the party signaled victory for women in the country.
She attributed the non performance of the party in general elections to what she described as the “inducements from the National Democratic Party (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP)” and underscored the need to prevent the party from being infiltrated by members of the NDC and NPP.
The party, she said, would come out with a new blueprint ahead of the 2012 general elections and urged the youth to be actively involved in the activities of the party.