The General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, has said that the party will not re-elect any presidential candidate who had failed to secure political power for the CPP, to contest subsequent elections.
He indicated that his assertion was not to mar the chances of the immediate past (2012) presidential candidate of the party, Dr Abu Sakara.
The General Secretary said: “I have a good relationship with him (Dr Sakara) but we need to correct certain issues before the 2016 general election, or we risk losing again. In the last elections we got only 57 votes in his constituency, and in some polling stations we had zero though we had party agents there.”
Mr Greenstreet, who was speaking at the Upper West Region CPP delegates’ congress at Wa at the weekend, indicated that “we do not repeat presidential candidates who have failed.”
Among the eight presidential candidates in the 2012 elections, Dr Sakara, ranked sixth with about 0.18 per cent of total votes cast.
George Hagan, was the party’s presidential candidate in 2000, George Aggudey, 2004, and Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, 2008, who later broke away to form the Progressive People’s Party.
Mr Greenstreet, cautioned party members not to be swayed by any member who would carry himself or herself as CPP presidential candidate.
Dr Saakara, urged party executives to avoid overdependence on the national office but initiate plans to attract more supporters for the CPP.
Madam Samia Nkrumah, National Chairperson of the CPP, said for the past 50 years, Ghana had experienced bad policies, and appealed to Ghanaians to vote the CPP back to power in the 2016 elections, to enable it to complete the works of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president.
She said the CPP was against the International Monetary Fund bailout for the country because it would make the people poorer.
The regional CPP executives, elected by popular acclamation, included, Elyasu Yussif Baba, Chairman, Seidu Mogtare, First Vice Chairman, Alhaji Yussif Limain, Second Vice Chairman, Issahaque Suleman, Secretary, Issahaku Jargu Sanda, Education Secretary, Elizabeth Mounah, Women’s Organiser, Francis Baladong, Organiser and Ishmael Yussif, Youth Organiser.
Mr Greenstreet charged them to work tirelessly to get credible and trustworthy persons who can win parliamentary seats for the party in the region.
Mr Baba, gave the assurance that the executives would work hard to woo more people into the party.
Alhaji Abu Yahaya, Regional Vice Chairman of the People’s National Convention, in a solidarity message, urged Ghanaians, to eschew laziness and contribute to national development.