Dr Hassan Ayariga, founder and chairman of the All People’s Congress (APC) has been elected to lead the party in this year’s general elections.
Dr Ayariga was elected unopposed at the party’s first National Delegates Congress held at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra yesterday and supervised by the Electoral Commission.
Also, the programme which was used to officially outdoor the party, saw the election of an eight-member National Executive to steer the affairs of the party in the next four years.
The National Executive, who were also elected unopposed, are Bartels Emmanuel Carl, First National Vice-Chairman, Oduro Kwarteng, Second National Vice-Chairman, Razak Kojo Opoku, General Secretary, Kurby Kandoro, Dr King Benjamin Ekuadzi, Mordecai Thiombiano Lompo and Bliss Atsufui Sosu-Honu.
The APC which was established last year , was given the final certificate in April this year by the Electoral Commission to operate as a political party.
Speaking at the programme, Dr Ayariga said his vision of establishing the APC was to help relieve Ghana from its current deplorable position.
“I had a dream, and in the dream I had a vision, and in the vision I saw that I could help move this nation from its current deplorable state to another level, … a place of self-believe, a place of self-actualisation, a place of hope and a place of can-do-it, indeed a place where each and every one of us will feel belonged to and be part of the solution,” he said.
He said that his dream of changing the economic fortunes of the country could not be achieved in an “old wine bottle,” and hence the decision to form the APC, stressing that the objective of the APC was to build an all-inclusive government where the expertise of the citizens, irrespective of their political affiliation or ideology, would be tapped to harness the enormous resources of the country.
The presidential aspirant noted Ghana was still wallowing in poverty with huge youth unemployment after 67 years of independence because policies initiated by the successive governments were geared towards diagnosing the country’s economic and social problems instead of uprooting them.
“All efforts adopted so far, probably, after Dr Kwame Nkrumah, have been geared towards diagnosing and addressing the symptoms of the disease instead of tackling them from the roots,” he said.
Dr Ayariga stressed the need for the re-engineering and a complete overhaul of the country’s geo-politics and economic fundamentals and also called for the amendment of laws regulating royalty allocation from the country’s mineral resources, saying when voted into power, the APC government would review existing contracts whose present status were inimical to the benefit of the country.
Dr Ayariga called on the youth to support the APC’s campaign which is on the theme “Come on board,” and vote massively for the party to wrestle power from the current ruling National Democratic Congress to put the economy back on track of progress and development.
He said barely two months after the APC received its final certificate from the Electoral Commission, the party has established ten regional and 220 constituency and district offices in fulfilment of the political parties law.
In solidarity messages from the representatives of the Convention Peoples Party, the Progressive Peoples Party and the Ghana Consolidated Popular Party, they lauded the party for officially announcing its presence and joining the political race.
They advised the National Executives of the APC to learn from the experience of the other political parties to ensure the survival of the party and also form a coalition with the other smaller parties to wrestle power from the ruling government.
By Kingsley Asare and Jenifer Attakye Mensah