THE Ashanti Regional Manager of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Afrifa Yamoa-Ponko, has filed his papers to contest for the position of Ashanti Regional Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), with a promise to help the party win at least 40 per cent of the votes in the region in the 2012 elections.
“Everybody, including opposition NPP members, knows Yamoa-Ponko and what he can do and I promise not to fail my party if elected,” he confidently told the Daily Graphic.
He pointed out that the NDC did not deserve the votes (between 25 per cent and 30 per cent) it had in previous elections in the region but stressed that improving the party’s performance demanded quality leadership.
He said he was coming on board, ready to contribute positively in building a formidable party in Ashanti where the NDC had been finding it difficult to break the NPP monopoly.
According to him, the NDC needed a person with excellent organisational abilities to win more people into it, adding, “And this is where I stand tall.”
“My ability to organise has never been in doubt and I can assure delegates and, indeed, all party members that I will live up to the task when elected,” he said.
He stated that he was even aware that some NPP elements who were afraid of his organisational capabilities were working against his election but said he trusted the delegates to make the right choice on election day.
He indicated that his association with the NDC had informed him that the party was the best choice for the nation in any future elections.
Mr Yamoa-Ponko, who was a key member of the Prof. Mills campaign team in the 2008 elections, said he would work to ensure that he reached even the remotest part of the region to sell the party.
Asked whether his position at the NHIA would not slow down his duty as regional organiser, Mr Yamoa-Ponko answered in the negative, saying it was even an opportunity for him to get to as many people as possible, especially those at the grass-roots.