The Youth League of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has demanded the immediate dismissal of the party’s vice presidential nominee, Nana Gabby Nsiah Nketia.
The Youth League explained that the nominee’s recent confession that he was a card-bearing member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) could undermine the party’s credibility and put his loyalty to the CPP in doubt.
The secretary to the league, Hardi Yakubu in an interview yesterday noted that Nana Nketia’s confession was an insult to the party.
“We are quite baffled about how a card-bearing member of another party will be a vice presidential candidate of our party. We do not think that is proper.
We are asking that he should renounce his membership of the NPP and fully join the CPP or he should be withdrawn immediately,” Hardi said.
He added that “we do not see the reason why we would stoop so low and go for a member of another political party who is so proud to announce his card-bearing membership of that political party to become our running mate. We think it is an insult to the rank and file of the party”.
But the Communications Director of the CPP, Kadir Abdul Rauf Issifu, maintained that the confession would not negatively impact on the party’s fortunes.
He said in spite of the confession, the nominee is very committed to the CPP.
“Elections are still won at the polling stations , so we have been campaigning in such a manner that we go to the people that matter at the grassroots, so these kind of allegations that have been leveled against him that he is an NPP person is neither here nor there,” he said.
Mr. Rauf added that the nominee was not a member of the NPP anymore since the NPP constitution states that members automatically forfeits their membership if that person declares allegiance to another party.
“The party settled on him because of his level of exposure and maturity.
He is an engineer by profession and he has also worked with the Ghana Armed Forces and the British Army, so the party is very hopeful that this duo will lead the process of the new political and economic order in the country.”
Nana Nketia, a former Ghana’s Ambassador to Korea and former adviser to ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor revealed in an interview recently that, even though he has agreed to become the CPP’s vice presidential nominee, he is still a card bearing member of the NPP.
The retired diplomat further said he saw nothing wrong with still being a member of the biggest opposition party and being the running mate for the CPP flagbearer.
He is quoted to have said; “Few years ago some NPP leaders including myself and former President Kufuor went to the house of the late Mr. Kow Arkaah to be our running mate and he agreed to do it even though he was not a member of the NPP, so there is nothing wrong with it.”
The CPP, last week settled on Nana Nketia, who is also a businessman, as the running mate to its presidential candidate, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet for the December general election.