… as Veep calls for unity in party

veepThe Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has called for unity of purpose in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), saying it is time for the rank and file to work towards retaining power in the 2016 general election.

“Let us work together towards victory in 2016,” he said.

Addressing the National Women’s Delegates Congress of the NDC in Wa in the Upper West Region on Saturday, Vice President Amissah-Arthur noted that there was a need for all the structures to move into action towards 2016.

He gave the assurance that the government would continue to work and deliver on its mandate to justify its retention, adding that the various development interventions by the government were yielding positive results.

He lauded the contribution of the NDC women and youth towards the progress of the party, as well as the high enthusiasm exhibited by the women at the congress.

“This is the spirit we need to move into the campaign for the 2016 election,” he said.

Touching on the essence of the women and youth congresses which preceded the party’s main congress slated for December 20, Vice President Amissah-Arthur noted that it has helped in enhancing the democracy in the party.

He said it was important that the women and youth wings which form asignificant part of the party, elected their leaders to advance their interests.

In addition, he said it has helped the party to operationalise its plans for resource mobilisation for the campaign in good time, and expressed optimism that the various sectors of the party would be significantly resourced for the campaign.

He acknowledged that the party had been victorious at previous polls because of the immense contribution of the women, and reminded them of the need to support the party for another victory.

“You are the ones that actually sacrifice and work for the party, and we know you can do more when you are more organised and supported,” he told the women, and assured them of the necessary assistance to execute their program-mes that make that wing to be more active.

He also urged them to avoid divisive tendencies, and be united irrespective of the outcome of their election, to ensure an effective progress of the women’s wing.

The Second Lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, for her part, urged her fellow women to remain united  and work to consolidate the gains of the wing.

“Let’s work and demonstrate to the men that we hold the key to the success of the great NDC,” she said.

She urged them to support each other and work together in the quest for an improved welfare for the members of the wing, and called for the allocation of adequate resources to enable the wing to operate more effectively at the grassroot level.

The congress had the theme, “Overcoming emerging challenges in achieving the better Ghana agenda.”

John Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the party, also addressed the delegates, admonished them against monetisation of politics, saying allowing handouts from aspirants to influence voting decisions, destroys the integrity of the election and the party in general.

He also urged the women to draw lessons from their experiences of the years to build on the foundation they have laid as the wing moves into another phase of development after their congress.

From Edmund Mingle, Wa

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