Addai-Nimoh Cries Foul

Francis Addai NimohA flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Francis Addai-Nimoh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Mampong, has stated that recent public endorsement of some aspirants in the upcoming presidential primaries by party delegates is a clear contravention of the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the elections.

Describing it not only as a violation of the rules and regulations, he said the action could serve as a recipe to destroy the quest for a genuine unity in the party after the elections.

Mr. Addai-Nimoh appealed to all aspirants in the race to be mindful of the general good of the party and demonstrate strict adherence to rules in order to safeguard the unity of the party for the main contest which is the 2016 general elections.

He made the call during an interaction with the media as part of his campaign tour of the Upper West Region.

“Even though I was not intimidated by such open public endorsements, it was incumbent on all aspirants to put the party first by demonstrating strict adherence to the rules which barred delegates, including parliamentarians and executives of the party at all levels from publicly declaring their support for their preferred aspirant in the election process,” he said.

Mr. Addai Nimoh insisted that “I am not intimidated by public endorsements, but it was most unfortunate since they contravene the letter and the spirit of the guidelines.”

On his ambition he indicated he was not perturbed by known and big names in the contest since he remained the brightest one to win power for the NPP in the 2016 elections.

Mr. Addai-Nimoh said he comes on board not only as a youth with lots of energy but represented a neutral face that would unify all the forces that would mobilise the energies of all party members for the elections.

He noted that the time had arrived within the NPP for new leadership to prosecute the agenda of winning political power and breathing new life into the socio-economic development of the country.

Mr. Addai-Nimoh said even though he was the youngest of all the seven aspirants, leadership was basically about maturity, adding that, “Leadership is not only about the age of a candidate; it is also about the maturity and competence of the individual”.

The MP, who is also a civil engineer by profession, said his upbringing and education, in both the northern and southern parts of the country had built in him the values of selflessness, credibility and care which he would offer to the party.

Mr. Addai-Nimoh noted that his leadership as the President of Ghana would make agriculture the bedrock of development since it is a necessary tool for development, adding that, “when you are able to feed the people, you liberate their minds to think about other matters that bring development.”

He urged his supporters to be decorous throughout the campaigning period and urged other candidates to act in ways that would not jeopardise the harmony and unity within the party.

“The leaders must demonstrate the tolerance and decorum they preach and that must be no place for hypocrisy,” he said.

From Cliff Ekuful, Wa

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