‘NPP Regional Election Not About Factionalism’

An aspiring to the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, has downplayed sugges-tions in sections of the media that the party’s regional and national exe-cutive primaries have been riven by factionalism between supporters of Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyerematen.

The NPP has started electing executives to man the party’s structures and were expected to climax the elections by the close of the year, when would elect its flagbearer for the 2016 general elections.

On the eve of its regional elections, media reports had been rife about a feud between supporters of the party’s 2008 and 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his closest rival in the flagbearership race, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen.

But, Mr. Agyapong maintained that delegates would vote for competent people to steer the affairs of the party and “would not follow this prank of Nana, Alan factionalism”.

He expressed disquiet at the “negative, vindictive, divisive propaganda” that some political pundits were pushing.

According to him, there were no Ashanti or Akyem caucuses, although there was a “Ga caucus, Brong Ahafo Caucus and Northern caucus”.

Citing himself as an example, he indicated that members of the party have always been independent thinkers who acted based on principle: in 1998 he, an Ashanti supported the flagbearer ambitions of Nana Akufo-Addo, an Akyem at a time Nana was competing with an Ashanti, J. A. Kufuor. —peacefmonline


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