A cross section of NPP supporters, inset. Mr Blay making a point during the engagement with party supporters and delegates
Leading contender for the First Vice Chairmanship position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Freddie Blay, has noted that leaders with tactical ability are those the party needs to achieve its 2016 agenda of coming back to power.
This, he said, would enable the party to thwart all the efforts of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) aimed at defeating the NPP.
Responding to concerns of delegates and party supporters in Tamale, Northern Region, during his recent campaign tour of the area, the Former First Deputy Speaker of Parliament maintained that tact, with a blend of aggressive strategy, is required to counter the antics of political opponents, adding that he would be a tactical leader if given the mandate.
The aspiring NPP First Vice Chairman, who described himself as a consensus builder and team player – taking into account his wealth of experience in politics – said he would be a soldier who would fight for victory, if elected to take up an executive position in the party.
According to him, there was the need for the party to move away from the conservative way of doing things and be more radical in its approach to certain issues on the political landscape.
‘Prepare to defend yourself; prepare to play fairly; but at the same time be prepared not to allow anybody to take advantage of you. If we want to make sure that things happen the way we want them, we need to do a little more,’ Mr. Freddie Blay stressed.
The dynamics of Ghanaian politics, he observed, had changed drastically and stressed that that was the more reason why the NPP must work hard to redeem Ghanaians from the abject poverty they had been plunged into.
‘Ghanaians may not forgive us if we fail them in 2016,’ he remarked, amidst loud applause by the enthusiastic party supporters.
He promised a revitalized youth front, and entreated them not to lose hope, irrespective of what they were going through.
Some party members who spoke to DAILY GUIDE later maintained that Mr. Blay stood tall among other contenders for the job, considering his vision for the party as well as political experience.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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