Invisible Hands Plotting Sammy Gyamfi’s Removal
A move to have Mr. Sammy Gyamfi, the current national communications officer of the opposition National Democratic (NDC), stand unopposed in the upcoming national executive elections slated for this December appears to have crash-landed.
Even before the party could officially open nominations, one Kwasi Godwin Ametowogo has suddenly emerged, ready to challenge the young politician in what promises to be a showdown.
The Anchor gathered that in the wake of this development, disappointment and fear have gripped the camp of the NDC’s outspoken national bureau chief, with some describing Mr. Ametowogo’s challenge as a sign of hatred against Mr. Gyamfi.
The relatively unknown aspirant has had his posters already making the rounds on social media.
This paper’s digging has revealed that the national communication officer-hopeful is a failed 2020 parliamentary candidate for the Fanteakwa North constituency in the Eastern Region.
Even though it is argued that Mr. Ametowogo will be no match for the young lawyer and politician, his supporters and team, this paper learnt, wished that no one contested him and thus setting a record, considering his performance over the last four years.
In a post last Sunday September 25, an aide to Mr. Gyamfi said the move to have his boss contested by others is inspired by nothing short of “hatred.”
According to the aide, who is known on social media as “De Accra Mayor,” his boss’s detractors, after a year of combing the entire country, have diabolically landed on someone.
He dared the NCO hopeful to join the race.
“After over a year of searching across the country becos of ‘hatred,’ they have finally found some1 to contest NCO position. Let him come!” He angrily said.
De Accra Mayor’s post, which attracted over 80 comments, was deemed as unnecessary, as some of his followers and the supporters of Sammy Gyamfi asked him to pull it down.
But the aggrieved confidant of Mr. Gyamfi went on to explain why he will not pull it down.
He told one Kweku Arkoh Yeboah, “Sorry I won’t delete it for special reason. A clean democracy is what we are all practicing. A lot has gone on behind the scene and still going on. If for more than a year of many insinuations and I’m making only a post, that shouldn’t be a problem. I have so much respect for every single comrade but sorry to disappoint u on this boss.”
Mr. Yeboah had written under the post, “Even though I will bet my last blood penny and breathe on Sammy, I strongly disagree with you on this post. Sammy himself is a promoter of a democracy and elections is part. Please delete this post.”
Many others who, under the post, expressed similar views, but De Accra Mayor insisted his comment was not harmful. They held the view that, Mr. Amewotogo may not be contesting necessarily to win, but a move to launch his political career on the national scale.
Others went on to express absolute confidence in the NDC’s national communications Officer, saying “even if former President John Mohama contests Sammy, he (Mahama) will be defeated.”
Ahead of the national elections, schemes to have people contest the election unopposed are creeping their ugly heads in the yet-to-be organized national delegates’ conference.
Last Wednesday, September 21, for instance, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the general secretary of the NDC, expressed similar concern, as he is speculated to be interested in the national chairman position, having occupied his current position for 17 years.
Mr. Nketiah, who is popularly known as General Mosquito, told Radio Gold in an interview that he will not seek re-election, but will not declare his intention for the national chairman seat except that he will do the needful when nominations open.
According to him, the NDC is a democratic party and that it did not lie in the mouth of any individual or group to stop anybody from contesting any seat of his choice. He warned every position, including the chair, will vigorously be contested.
He said those who are asking him to be in his “lane” to stand firm because no one was going to be appeased with his or her position. The current national chairman of the NDC is Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, who has declared his intention to seek re-election.
Mr. Gyamfi, who entered the national election contest in 2018, took over from the then national communication officer, Solomon Nkansah.
He beat his only contender, Fred Agbenyo, who entered the race as a deputy national communications officer, grabbing 6,225 votes as against Fred’s 2,069.
Sammy Gyamfi used to be a spokesperson for former Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu, who himself is aspiring to contest the presidential primary of the NDC for the 2024 general elections.
He has represented the interest of the NDC at various levels, from the student front to the regional and national portfolios.
Before becoming a national officer, Sammy Gyamfi was the communications director of Exton Cubic Mining Group, a company belonging to Ibrahim Mahama, a private businessman and younger brother of former President John Mahama.
In his relatively young political life, Sammy Gyamfi was the president for the Tertiary Education Institute Network – TEIN – for the NDC at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) between 2011-and 2012 and a former Students Representative Council (SRC) president of the Ghana School of Law.
He is admired by many, including those outside and within politics.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Assin Central constituency, Ken Ohene Agyapong, is on record to have applauded his communication skills, ahead of the 2020 elections.