The National Democratic Congress, Ghana’s largest opposition party at the moment, has a title suited for this kind of political contest: “Two big names for a huge party position” (NDC).
Both Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo have extensive political records to their names on either side, but the two men must now compete for the top job of NDC Chairman.
Although there is no official final list from the party, it already appears that there would be a direct contest between the two candidates: Ofosu-Ampofo, the one-term Chairman seeking reelection, and Asiedu Nketiah, the longest-serving General Secretary of the NDC.
In this GhanaWeb article on political pedigree, we examine all the factors that place one of these two contenders ahead of the other and speculate on what NDC delegates may be watching for when they cast their votes in November 2022.
Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) chairman at the moment, has announced he wants to run again.
This is because his term as chairman, which began in November 2018, is about to expire, and he will require another vote of confidence from his party’s members to confirm his accomplishments.
But he has had a protracted career in politics, having begun when Jerry John Rawlings named him district chief executive for the Fanteakwa North District of the Eastern Region in 1994.
He ran for office in the same district in 1996 on the NDC platform and won, serving the constituents until he was defeated in his third attempt for reelection in 2004 by Kwadwo Agyei Addo of the New Patriotic Party.
Ofosu-Ampofo, who had previously served in the second and third parliaments of Ghana’s fourth republic, tried again to win the parliamentary seat in 2008, however he was unsuccessful.