Northern NPP Relishes Tamale National Conference

BugriSupporters of the opposition New  Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region have lauded the National Council of the party for choosing its regional capital, Tamale, for the party’s national conference.

The conference, slated for Saturday, April 12, would also elect new national executives to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.

The National Council of the party on Tuesday ended the controversy surrounding the modalities of the conference, when it decided that, it should be held at a single venue.

This overturned an earlier decision by the National Executive Committee that the event should be decentralised to the 10 regional capitals of the country.

Salifu Sulemana, Northern Regional Secretary of the NPP told the Times, that the region welcomed the decision and was looking up to a successful event, unprecedented in the annals of the party.

According to him, hosting the event in the Northern Region would not only help disabuse the wrong notion that NPP is an ‘Akan’ party, but would enhance the party fortunes in the region, come the 2016 general elections.

“I am elated and euphoric about the decision of the National Council’s decision to hold the conference here in Tamale,” Mr. Sulemana said.

He added that “it was also laudable to hold the conference in Tamale in honour of former Vice-President Alhaji Aliu Mahama who hailed from the area, since it would help galvanise support for the NPP”.

Mr. Sulemana said the  executive members of the NPP in the region would ensure a violence-free conference, saying, “We will do everything possible under our power to ensure a successful event in Tamale”.   In this regard, the regional secretary hinted that the regional executive committee would be liaising with the security agencies in the region to map out strategies to a smooth congress.

A leading member of the party, Madam Adaratu Issah was of the view that the NPP hierarchy made the right decision.

According to her, many NPP supporters, especially women, were eager to have such an event in the region.

“This is the first time since the NPP was formed in 1992 that we are going to have such a event in any part of the three northern regions,” she said. From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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