Pollster Ben Ephson has predicted Dr Peter Boamah Otokunor’s chances of sailing through the race for the General Secretary position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be slim.
The scribe position is contested by three persons: Dr Peter Boamah Otokunor, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and Fiifi Flavi Kwetey.
The election of the prospective officers for the position together with that of the chairman and the organizer comes off this weekend at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Generally, the three aspirants have roots in the volta region which gives them a level playing ground in regard to the delegates, most of whom come from the Volta and Northern regions.
Peter Otokunor’s role as the serving Deputy General Secretary ideally should give him an urge over his contenders, Afriyie Ankrah and Fiifi Kwetey but that, according to the pollster, would not guarantee his win.
Mr Ephson explained that the grassroots are pleased with the performance of the crop of executives who have led the party into the 2020 elections.
This is due to the party’s improvement in the outcome of the 2020 elections as compared to the previous election year’s.
“In 2016, Mahama lost by a margin of over 1 million votes. 2020, the gap was 514,000. Parliamentary seats: 2016 NDC had 106 seats, 2020 it went up to 137,” he argued on Angel FM’s Anopa Bofor morning show.
Therefore, Mr Ephson justified that the satisfaction of the grassroots will not favour the serving deputy because “we are looking at main positions; Otokunor has been Deputy Secretary”.
According to the pollster who is the Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, age will be the factor that will give the serving officer’s contenders urge over him for the substantive position.
He said, “Otokunor has been a deputy to Asiedu Nketiah but most of the delegates would consider him young and therefore can wait for another time, and so I am sure it will be between Afriyie Ankrah and Fiifi Kwetey”.