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2024 polls: Central, Western regional kingmakers push for Ato Forson as NDC VP

To replace Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as the National Democratic Congress’s running partner, Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson has the support of powerful political and social forces in Ghana’s Central and Western Region.

The Central Region’s opinion leaders, including paramount chiefs, parliamentary candidates, certain constituency executives, and sitting MPs, agree that Cassiel Ato is a “true and proper representative of the interest and support” of the two regions.

A sitting member of parliament informed on condition of anonymity, “I can tell you on authority that he is the topmost NDC godfather figure in the region apart from Uncle Totobi who is from the old stock…”

He even said, “His influence reaches into the Western region.”

According to the lawmaker, the NDC cannot win in the Central and Western Regions or fix its “economic hole” unless John Mahama coerces Ato Forson onto the ticket and jettisons Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.

She is financially strapped. She has no connections in the industry. She didn’t feel she could back any of the regional Constituencies during the primaries. Programmes are open to anybody, but financial support is essential. She didn’t even bring a kobo to the campaign, which I am aware of. I can’t speak for Accra, but we didn’t see her when we were here.

The 44-year-old lawmaker for the Ajumako Enyan Essiam Constituency, who was born in Ejumako Besease, and the Regional Chairman are said to have funded the party’s activities on their own, including backing parliamentary candidates in the upcoming 2020 elections and the recently concluded parliamentary Primaries.

There is mounting pressure on NDC presidential candidate John Mahama to replace Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang after the party’s dismal showing in the 2020 election.

Cassiel Ato Forson has emerged as a leading contender for the position.

Besides the elderly literary professor, others have brought up other similarly capable people.

People like Kingsley Kwame Awuah Darko, a businessman and the former CEO of BOST/TOR; Julius Debrah, a former chief of staff; and Joshua Alabi, a professor with a proven track record who is credited with expanding UPSA Accra from a single building to a campus with many buildings.

Other notable Ghanaians include Patrick Awuah, the founder of Ashesi University, and Stanchart executive and former GNPC CEO Alex Kofi Mensah Mould.

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