NPP Must Reform, Or — Agyepong

kwabenaUnless the New Patriotic Party (NPP) begins to do things differently and work towards the achievement of a genuine party unity, victory in the 2016 presidential elections will once again prove elusive, says  Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, former Press Secretary to former President Kufuor.

He has therefore called on all stakeholders in the party to work towards fostering a genuine unity among the rank and file in order to defeat the ‘common enemy’ which remained the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the next general elections.

Mr. Agyepong, who is also aspiring for the general secretaryship of his party said this when he interacted with  journalists, here, at the weekend.

He said while there was no such thing as factions in the NPP, the party must take steps to erase that perception because it was the creation of their opponents who seem to benefit largely from  perception.

“I say on authority that there is no such thing as factions in the NPP. It is the creation of our opponents and the party must work consciously to erase that thing,” he stressed.

Mr. Agyepong said he has the capacity to provide the sort of leadership that would restore the party as a genuinely united force to go back to its roots and ensure that the party machinery, at the grass root level, was resourced and well oiled to prosecute effective campaign.

“I say this in all humility, I am equipped to provide that sort of leadership that will rebrand the party as a genuinely united force, and make it possible for us to go back to our roots and ensure that the party machinery at the grass-root level is resourced to prosecute an effective campaign to recapture power in 2016,” he emphasised.

He said it was unfortunate that victory had eluded the party in somewhat trying circumstances in the last two election, however, the party could always learn from those experiences even though those circumstances could not be reversed.

Mr. Agyepong said the party was at the crossroads and what it needed was the kind of leadership that would restore it to its virtues as a political party founded on the principles of liberal democracy.

He said it was now clear to most Ghanaians that the NPP was a party that really knows how to govern, however, its major challenge was how to win elections and this must change for the common good of the whole country.

To change this, it was clear that the party needed the leadership that was intensely action-oriented, passionately mission-minded, very demanding of results and was prepared to chase progress, he said.

Mr. Agyepong explained that his desire to go for the position was anchored in the belief that the NPP needed all the things enumerated above, adding that his vast experience both at the professional and political levels placed him in the position to deliver on this.

He said he had an institutional memory of the party, its foundation and evolution and therefore, positioned him in a manner that could help the party restore itself to the glorious days.

Mr. Agyepong said the gradual shift of all political activities from the local level to the centre in Accra was wrong and could be attributed to the difficulties the party had been going through in trying to win elections.

“Real party activities must be at the grass-roots level, therefore it is wrong to demand monies from the grass-roots before releasing forms to them. All politics is local and monies generated at the local level must stay there,” he said.

He bemoaned the fact that the party had not paid attention to its operational strength adding that “Perhaps that is why the party lost the last two elections.”   From Cliff Ekuful, Wa.

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