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Tamale stadium inundated with NPP aspirant’s posters


The Tamale Sports Stadium, venue for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) national delegate’s conference has been branded with poster of all sizes by aspirants of the various national executive positions.

The two roundabouts leading to the stadium has also been inundated with aspirant’s posters advertising their positions and what they can do for the biggest opposition party Ghana if elected.

The strategies of the various contenders instead of using about nine radio stations in propagating their messages in northern regional capital Tamale and beyond decided to go and have one-on-one interactions with delegates.

Political analysts say these strategies can only favor the incumbent executives who only need justify with concrete evidence why delegates should give them second chance.

The main event jingles started playing on radio less than 48 hours to the conference after media reports of low publicity of the conference. Over 2000 delegates are expected to elect 46 new national executives at the conference in Tamale.

The Tamale Sports Stadium, venue for the Conference and NPP regional office adjacent central mosque has seen most of the political activity so far.

A careful look at the billboards among the aspirants saw Stephen Ntim, an aspiring national chairman with the biggest of all the billboards. If the size of the boards is a determining factor in who wins the party's chairmanship position, Ntim should be ahead of his competitors. 

 Fred Oware also has sizable bill boards hoisted around the stadium. Jake Obetsebi Lamptey has a not too big poster, too small for an incumbent, perhaps. Paul Afoko also has sizeable posters around the stadium environment.

For the General Secretary position; it is incumbent Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and his competitor Kwabena Agyapong who are the most visible. Their boards are also very huge and imposing.

Capt Nkrabea Effah Dartey who is counting on God's grace also has a number of small sized posters within the stadium. Yaw Buabeng Asamoah appears to be depending largely on small sized paper posters than large sized bill boards.

Other posters of candidates that found space and expression included those of Sammy Awuku who is contesting the National Youth Organiser position, Sammy Crabbe, first National Vice chairmanship position.

On Thursday, afternoon the 2012 flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo arrived in Tamale ahead of the National Delegates Conference.

Akufo-Addo was accompanied by his vice-presidential candidate Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Freddy Blay, Ayawaso Central MP Henry Quartey, and former Greater Accra Region Minister Sheick IC Quaye. Hundreds of party supporters were at the airport to welcome, the 2012 party leader who has declared his intention to run again in 2016.

Except for the party flags hoisted on the major streets of Tamale and posters and bill boards of aspirants competing for attention, Tamale has largely been quiet days leading up to the conference. An advance team of Alan Kyeremateng camp, one of the contestants of the flagbearership position of the party have also arrived in Tamale ahead the conference on Saturday.





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