Don’t Force Out NPP Aspirants – Dan Botwe

????????A former General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dan Botwe, has urged members of the party not to compel the four other candidates who made the list of five alongside the party’s two-time presidential candidate in Sunday’s Special Delegates’ Congress to opt out of the race.

According to him, such machinations would be against the tenets of the party.

There has being calls in the opposition party for the four other candidates to bow out, considering the margin of victory by the twice presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo who polled 598 out of  740 votes cast, presenting 80.81 pre cent.

His closest contender Alan Kyeremanteng managed 59 votes translating into 7.97 percent.Per the party’s constitution, there was the need for a Special Congress to reduce the number of aspirants to five, who will face-it-off at a National Delegates Congress slated October 18, where 141,000 delegates would eventually choose a presidential candidate.

The five candidates for the October 18, Congress are Nana Akufo-Addo, Mr. Kyerematen, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, Francis Addai-Nimo and Joe Ghartey. However, Mr. Ghartey has opted out of the race.

But Mr. Botwe opined that the aspirants should be allow deciding whether they would give up or still go.

“Our party is a democratic institution and things are not forced on people. Even if only Akufo-Addo were to be the candidate, we will still have to go to the October conference to endorse him. The process must be exhausted as dictated by the party’s constitution,” he stated.


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