We Are Our Own Enemies —Jake

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jake The National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Okanta Obetsebi Lamptey, has said the vitriol with which the party conducted its internal elections gave their opponents all the ammunition they needed to use against them during the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections.

He said all the false accusations hurled at their candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, were first employed by his NPP opponents, making members of the party their own enemies.

An open letter issued and signed by the Chairman said the party could only move forward when it starts all over again by applying the lessons derived from the 2012 Election petition case, instead of members pulling down their competitors within the party.

“Even before the party gives itself the chance to reflect and consider how best to equip itself to beat an opponent who has shown how gifted they are at getting the electoral decision, some members are already mounting campaigns aimed at tearing down their competitors,” he noted.

Mr Lamptey said too often, party members found it more expedient to destroy the reputation of an NPP competitor, adding that, in 2008 and 2012, wherever sitting NPP members of parliament lost their seats, they had almost invariably been gravely wounded during the primaries.

“Please remember that whenever you bring down one person, you wound that person and all his or her supporters,” he said.

Mr Lamptey said if the party is to be stronger, then it must allow people to put forward ideas and have them debated, and if found workable, the ideas should be adopted for the good of the party.

He said this is the time to create the party and not destroy it, adding, “having been deprived victory in the 1992, 1996 and 2012 presidential elections, we need to identify what went wrong and correct our mistakes and also stop passing on false and vicious gossip about our own.”

Mr Lamptey said the party had enough evidence from the analysis of the polling stations they did for the petition to identify what went wrong and could go wrong.

He noted that even though the vast majority of NPP members and supporters felt very keenly the righteous anger from the double injustice they had suffered, they were united in their determination that it should never happen again.

Mr Lamptey said the NPP would move forward when it builds on the strengths they had identified and tackled and work on their weaknesses.

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