Mr Yaw Owusu Obimpeh, the newly elected chairman of the Ashanti Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress, has urged the teeming supporters of the party to work extra hard for victory in the 2012 Election.
He said the task ahead was enormous and required a united action and hard work to consolidate the political power gained in the 2008 Election.
In a speech to thank the regional delegates for the honour done the newly appointed regional executive of the party, Mr Obimpeh, who was the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the NDC, stressed that he was prepared to work with those who contested the election but lost, to ensure that the party stayed focused and very united.
He said the NDC was determined to improve on its performance in the 2008 elections come 2012 and therefore urged members to close their ranks and work towards achieving the ultimate.
He expressed the optimism that more seats would be won for the party in the region, come the next election.
All the defeated candidates expressed their willingness to work in concert for the best interest of the party.
The former youth organiser, Mr Obimpeh, caused the big surprise at the Regional delegates congress of the party at Asante Mampong last Tuesday.
He swept past notable names to emerge the regional chairman of the party.
Mr Obimpeh polled 142 ballots to beat his closest challenger Mr Frank Osei Mensah, a former regional chairman, who polled 109 votes while Alhaji Mohammed Sannie came a distant third.
He succeeds Mr Ohene Agyekum who had been appointed Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America.
Mr Alex Sawyer Attivor was elected the vice chairman polling 119 votes to beat his closest challenger, Mohammed Sofo who had 113 votes.
Mr Joseph Yamin polled 113 votes to beat Mr Tei Larbi (102 votes) for the regional secretary position while the vice-secretary went to K. Tandoh.
Alhaji Sannie Abdulai won the regional organiser position unopposed with the deputy organiser going to Raymond Bawah.
Security was very tight at the congress, which was attended by some of the heavyweights in the party.
They included the National Chairman, Dr Kwabena Adjei, the General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu-Nketia, a presidential aspirant for the 2008 NDC race, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, the former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu among others.
Speaking at the congress, Mr Asiedu-Nketiah cautioned the party members against any form of divisions in the party.
He said the so-called Rawlings-Mills dichotomy was the creation of people who wanted to create divisions in the party.
According to him nothing like that existed in the party and that expressions of opinions on issues in the party could not amount to creating divisions.
Mr Asiedu-Nketiah urged the party members to close their ranks and work towards victory in the 2012 elections.
In a related development, a Kumasi-based business executive who is also the Managing Director of Trade Link Agency, Mr Charles Bruce Appiah, has congratulated Mr Obimpeh on his election to his new position.
He described Mr Obimpeh as consistent and committed to the party.
In a telephone interview, he expressed optimism that with unity of purpose, perseverance and hard work, NDC would make a great impact and win more supporters to its fold.
He advised the new executives to eschew divisions and rancour which he believed could tear the party apart.