Mr. John Boadu, acting New Patriotic Party (NPP) General Secretary, has said that President Nana Akufo Addo will not be strong-armed into making people District Chief Executives (DCEs) and Municipal and Metropolitan District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) just because they're part of the NPP.
Speaking to the press at the party's national headquarters in Accra, Mr. Boadu iterated that all DCE and MMDCE appointments will be based on merit. This being the case, the NPP will not acquiesce to any "noise" from members of the party.
Prior to the NPP General Secretary's announcement, party members had already been saying that appointed officials should be people who made contributions to the party's victory in last year's general elections.
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But acting NPP General Secretary, Jon Boadu, dismissed this comment saying that all appointments will be made in consultation with party executives - among other stakeholders - who had idea of what kind of people President Akufo Addo needs to deliver the promises made to the Ghanaian public.
“You must realise that we have made some commitments in our manifesto. A promise to make sure that we are able to have a factory in each and every district. We expect that we will have MMDCEs who understand what it takes to establish an industry in a particular district…” he said.
“We want people who are capable of managing the MMDCEs such that by the time we go for elections, it will not be difficult for the NPP or people we will sponsor. It is not just about working for the party. No. I don’t have interest in a particular district… We are not going to allow ourselves to be blackmailed by noise. We will make sure that everything that is done will be in the interest of the party and party people should understand,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo revoked the appointments of MMDCEs on January 11, 2017 and is expected to appoint new ones soon to serve in his administration.