Alhaji Abubakari Abdul-Rahman popularly known as Alhaji Short, an aspiring National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party has withdrawn from the race.
In a statement released and signed by his campaign manager, Kwabena Marfo, he said â€œI believe the interest of the party will be best served by my withdrawal.
According to the statement the aspiring chairman, says he has carefully considered his stance to withdraw from the race.
However, reports suggest that Alhaji Short was impressed upon by the presidency to relinquish his chairmanship ambition after a marathon meeting between President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday.
It is widely speculated that acting National Chairman of the party, Freddie Blay, is the presidentâ€™s candidate, hence the decision to compel Alhaji Short to stand down and throw his weight behind Freddie Blay.Alhaji Short during his campaign promised to ensure that the party retains power in the 2020 general elections and to sustain it for at least 20 years.
â€œWe need to be in power for long so that we can have full realisation of our policies,â€ he said, adding that the eight years is not enough for the party to fully implement the â€œgood and nobleâ€ policies that it has promised Ghanaians, he said.
He lauded the grassroots for their support and showed appreciation to his followers for encouraging him to run for the position.
Currently the race for chairmanship is between the acting National Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay, Mr. Stephen Ayensu Ntim, Dr Richard Amoako Baah and David Kankam Boadu.
The four are expected to meet the National Elections Committee, under the Chairmanship of Most Rev. Dr. Asante Antwi on Friday, 1st June, 2018 for vetting.