Npp Chairmen Demand Early Congress

AfokoThe Regional Chairmen Caucus of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday opposed the decision by the party’s National Council to conduct flagbearership election on December 6, and rather called for an early congress.

An earlier congress, they believed, would enable the party to elect its 2016 flagbearer in good time to allow for adequate preparation and campaign for the 2016 election.

The NPP recently opened nominations for the flagbearership after the National Council (NC) endorsed the decision by the National Executive Committee to hold its presidential primaries on December 6.

But addressing a press conference in Accra yesterday, Mr Kwaku Asoamah-Cheremeh, Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman, who led the caucus, said the interest of the party would be better served if a date was drawn forward for an earlier congress.

“We are of the firm conviction that a long drown process leading to the election of the flag-bearer on December 6, 2014, if that date is chosen, will inflict more harm than good to the party and subsequently cost us a great deal in our collective effort at unseating the NDC in 2016 and also bring back smiles on the faces of the suffering Ghanaians.

“It is our considered view that the interest of the party, as regarding the 2016 general elections will be better served if that date is fixed within September, 2014, for the election of a flagbearer,” he said.

Mr Asoamah-Cheremeh added that an early congress would also be an acrimony between opposing camps, which has characterised the campaigning towards the party’s presidential primaries

“The party needs to take decision to curtail the negative tendencies that are potential to affect unity in the party,” he said.

Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Chairman, for his part, said intra-party conflict among some of the aspirants threatened the unity required to wrestle power from the ruling government.

“We feel that an earlier date will help cut down on the expenditure of the aspirants and also help remove the anxieties and the agonies of our teaming members and supporters in respect of the presidential primary,” he noted.

When the Ghanaian Times contacted the General Secretary of the party, Kwabena Agyepong, he said he was currently out of the country and could therefore not comment on the issue. By Bernard Benghan

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