Dr. Abu Sakara Foster has resigned from the Convention People’s Party and intends contesting the 2016 presidential election as an independent candidate.
The former CPP presidential candidate who announced this on Wednesday January 6, 2016 said, “I wish to announce to my fellow compatriots that I will contest as an independent presidential candidate in the 2016 general election.”
“The purpose will be to provide a more focused national interest platform on which we can truly build national consensus around the key issues that will really transform our nation for the good of all of us.
“My candidacy will galvanise momentum for real fundamental change in our approach to the many challenges that continue to hold us back from realising our true potential and vision as a nation and as Africans,” Dr. Sakara said.
“It is my fervent hope and conviction that my independent candidacy will provide the pivot around which many well-meaning Ghanaians from across the political spectrum can mobilise their heartfelt desire for an alternative to the NPP and NDC.”
“A focus on a well-defined national interest platform will provide the mechanism needed to build momentum for a paradigm shift to overcome the polarised political dialogue that has divided our nation.
“The dominance of this duopoly has made our democracy stagnant and unresponsive to the many calls for real fundamental change in legislation, accountability and equity in governance. The winner-takes-all syndrome has held our politics to ransom.
“There must be a credible political response to the cries of many frustrated Ghanaians for real change. That frustration is greater because of the fading hope that smaller political parties can ever join together in the face of electoral annihilation.
“The stagnation in our democracy demands a different, innovative and bold course of action to achieve the desired change we seek. For the moment the traditional route of political parties will only produce more of the same, lone and weak voices in the wilderness of self-righteousness,” he said.
Dr. Sakara an agricultural economist noted that “it is in response to this stagnation and hopelessness that I call upon fellow Ghanaians to back a single presidential candidate on an independent platform. This National Interest Platform will focus on the key issues that affect us nationally and drive our desire for change.”
“My decision comes after months of contemplation and consultation with my close advisors, supporters and other well-meaning Ghanaians from all walks of life and I am leaving the CPP because it has lost the values that attracted me to it in the first place and during this period I also sought the best cause of action to help build the party to which I belonged around the core principles and values that drew me to it”.
Dr. Sakara pointed out that the attitudes, conduct and misplaced priorities that still dominated decision-making in the party had left him convinced that his resources, energy and talent could be put to more productive purpose as an independent presidential candidate.