Women took over the topmost leadership positions of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), winning four out of the nine National Executive positions at the end of the party’s Extra-Ordinary National Delegates Congress in Accra.
The positions are: National Chairman and leader of the party, Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah; First and Second National Vice Chairman, Mrs Susan Adu Amankwah and Ms Rodaline Ayarna respectively, the National Women’s Organiser, Ms Mary Ankumah Boakye-Boateng.
The CPP becomes the first political party in the country to be controlled by women. Analysis of the contest indicates that the National Chairmanship contest was between two women against two men; two women again contested against four men for the three slots of the Vice Chairmanship.
The two women picked the first and second spots. The incumbent Woman National Organiser however lost to a man. CPP leading personalities described the feat as an honour to the memory of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, as the delegates elected his daughter to occupy the topmost position within the party.
Ms Nkrumah immediately demonstrated her quest for unity by inviting Professor Edmund N. Delle and Mr Ladi Nylander to sandwich her whilst she outlined her vision in a victory speech.
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