Every indication at the venue of the 26th National Delegates Congress of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Saturday, July 7, 2018 held at the Koforidua Technical University pointed to the fact that the Jubilee House ‘boys’ led by Freddie Blay were going to emerge winners.
So it was not a surprise to many NPP delegates and supporters when at 4: 23 a.m., on Sunday, July 8, 2018 an Electoral Commission (EC) official, Ebenezer Aggrey Fynn, duly declared Mr Freddie Blay winner in the chairmanship contest.
He polled 3,021 votes ahead of his closest contender—Steven Ntim—in a two-horse race contest, which saw Dr Amoako Baah trailing with a paltry 18 votes.
It was just a matter of course for the plot, hatched in the Jubilee House, the seat of administration in Accra, to manifest in Koforidua, the Eastern regional capital.
And indeed when every possible favoured candidate lived up to the pre-congress prediction, those who were pre-disposed to the Jubilee House conspiracy only pitied the four-time unsuccessful runner—Stephen Ntim.
The contest itself was a dress-rehearsed rubber-stamp except the chairmanship race that saw stoical efforts by Stephen Ntim to breach the Jubilee House.
The Jubilee House candidates included Freddy Blay, John Boadu, Sammy Awuku, Nana Boakye among others.
Mr Boadu and others had little to do by way of campaigning except to criss-cross the country just to familiarise themselves with delegates and perhaps to remind them that they were still in the race.
It was not same with the chairmanship race. Stephen Ntim, the obvious choice of the mass of NPP followers, had refused to budge to a high-powered pressing from the Jubilee House to step down for the latter-day Busia-Danquah Domboist—Freddie Blay.
With Ntim’s intransigence was becoming a real bother, the Jubilee House strategists moved a top gear with their plot. They did not want to take chances at all.
Today can state on authority that the so-called buses bought by Freddie Blay to distribute to all 275 constituencies in the country were indeed bought by the administration with Freddy Blay as Acting Chairman of the NPP then guaranteeing for the ruling party. With the impression created the vehicles were purchased by Freddie Blay, Ntim’s resolve was completely broken.
The general consensus among many in the Jubilee House, including the President and other top NPP functionaries after successfully prosecuting an NPP win in 2016, it will be politically suicidal to change the current leadership of the NPP including those operating in acting capacities.
Then there was rather the big matter of Kwabena Agyepong, Paul Afoko scare which many NPP faithful wouldn’t like a repeat.
It maybe recalled that Afoko and Agyepong stirred the honest nest when they begun probing some huge expenses that the NPP incurred during the party’s abortive 2012 elections.
One of such was the 2million dollars that the party sourced from Prudential Bank Company Limited jointly owned by a known NPP member, one Sekyere Abankwa without proper documentation.
The only record showed that Ken Ofori Atta, the current Finance Minister, guaranteed for the NPP.
A known Kufuor ally, many Akufo-Addo elements could not trust Ntim to follow what was being established in the party hierarchy by the Jubilee House mafia, so Ntim must go! Period!
Rather pathetically, many party bigwigs who hitherto showed some degree of decorum in the run-up to the NPP congress momentarily threw themselves into the dirty slugfest, taunting, teasing and even marking out those who were likely to vote for Ntim.
Indeed, these party bigwigs took the stance to avoid being victimised by the administration; after all Jubilee House has the power to deny anyone of appointment, contract and many other juicy connection-links.
President Akufo-Addo and his cohorts may be jubilating for pulling a masterstroke; yet that could only be a brief joy.
This is because two regions that provided perhaps the biggest vote margins for the NPP to win the 2016 election were really miffed about the raw deal meted out to a thoroughly bred Busia-Danquahist, Stephen Ntim, in favour of a political adversary turncoat, Freddy Blay.
Octogenarian, J.H. Mensah, is even sobbing from his sick bed with these developments, Today has gathered.
Even some prominent chiefs in the two regions are prepared to see off the back of Akufo-Addo and the NPP in the 2020 election, which is a little over two years away.
What seems to be a real bother to these chiefs is the fact that Akufo-Addo is running an Executive Monarch type of government where his royal cousins and nieces have taken absolute control of his government at the expense of other party stalwarts who sacrificed for the victory of the NPP.
Story: Duke YANKSON