….As the season for internal elections within the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) approaches from the distance, a respected party true blood who has maintained a low profile for a long time is about to hit headlines again.
Hon. Daniel Amartey Mensah, the popular former Municipal Chief Executive for Ledzokuku-Krowor, who made the two constituencies strongholds of the NDC in the past is preparing to contest for the Greater Accra Regional Chairmanship of the party.
Sources close to Hon. Amartey have confirmed that the man who had lost the same post to the incumbent regional Chairman, Joseph Kobina Ade Coker, by a controversial margin in 2014 will indeed run for the post again.
“You can put it on your front page if you like, Hon. Amartey will surely run again for that same post this year,” a source close to him said.
According to the source, the former MCE will be among the first people to pick up forms when nominations open later in the year.
“And this time, we are coming with the blessing of a lot more elders of the party than we had enjoyed in the first attempt,” the source added.
Daniel Amartey Mensah had had a lot of goodwill from within the party when he attempted to unseat the incumbent Chairman, Ade Coker, in his first shot at the regional Chairmanship post.
He had entered the race with a lot of goodwill and cachet, having been the MCE whose grassroots and people-centered politicking had firmly secured both the Ledzokuku and the Krowor Parliamentary seats for the NDC in 2012.
However, in spite of his resourcefulness which had secured victory for former upstart MP for Ledzokuku, Benita Sena Okity-Duah, the woman had turned round and used her position to lobby for Hon. Amartey to be ignored by Flagstaff House after the 2012 election.
The backstab had seen Hon. Amartey, not getting reappointment as MCE at LEKMA and Seth Badoo, a loyalist of Sena Okity Duah, lobbied into place instead. The same Seth Badoo had used every dirty trick in the book to try to disgrace Hon. Amartey, including trumped up corruption charges that turned out to be a jump to nowhere.
Sena Okity-Duah herself had continued with her detraction of Amartey, joining forces with Ade Coker to ensure that Amartey never became Greater Accra Regional Chairman, and in doing so, allegedly bribing delegates at the Ghanatta Senior High School where the election had taken place.
Hon. Amartey, a devout follower of Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) forgave and said he had left everything to God.
And soon, God spoke on his behalf.
During the 2016 election, the NDC lost both Ledzokuku and Krowor, mainly due to Seth Badoo’s lack of touch with the people on the ground, and also the fact that many had voted in protest to what had been done to Hon. Amartey.
The party lost Greater Accra by massive leaps, leaving many people expectant that Chairman Ade Coker would not even dare stand for re-election again.
As for Sena Okity Duah, angry voters had burned down portions of her house in the constituency while she herself had been attacked with stones by angry constituents who blamed her for the wickedness towards Hon. Amartey.
The NDC itself also went on to lose the 2012 election by almost 1million votes, with many Parliamentary seats that the party had won in 2012 changing hands.
“A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and Hon. Amartey is too deep rooted in the NDC to turn his back on the party now that things are not rosy,” the source explained.
It continued: “ When we first went into opposition in 2000, it was Hon. Amartey and the late Nii Nortey Dua who had held our heads up in Greater Accra by starting dawn broadcasts and reorganization of the grassroots. He will never give up on his party, he is ready to serve again” the source close to him said.