The Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has decided on Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, an aspiring National Chairman as the Consensus Candidate for the position.
After hours of negotiations and mediation of interests at its crunch meeting at the party’s headquarters in Accra yesterday, Wednesday Sept. 5, 2018, the Council proposed Alhaji Yahaya for the chairmanship position.
It means the four other aspirants – Dan Abodakpi, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Danny Annang, and Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu – would have to step down for Alhaji Huudu Yahaya to vie for the position alone.
According to sources in the Council and National Executive Committee (NEC), the aspirants have been duly informed about the decision on the Consensus candidate. They are yet to respond.
The decision, according to Council, is to ensure unity and the highest level of cohesion at the top leadership level of the party. It also aimed at avoiding an adversarial contest that could create further divisions in the party.
All those who declared their intention to vie for the chairmanship post were made aware that the Council of Elders would decide on a consensus candidate before the close of nominations.
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As part of the consensus, any of the four aspirants who desired to opt for the Vice Chairmanship position were encouraged to do so.
Negotiations on the contest for other positions that could create tension and division in the party, are underway.
In that regard, the Council asked NEC to extend the period for filing of nominations, which has been accordingly extended to September 19, 2018.
By Nii Adotey/adrdaily.com