Afoko Announces New Plan For Power In 2016
A leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Paul Afoko, has announced his ‘new plan for power (NPP) for the party towards winning power in 2016, in confirmation of his bid to contest the chairmanship of the party.
He said that winning the 2016 election was not a done deal for the party, and that it needs to do a postmortem of the December 2012 elections, and find out what went wrong, in order to re-strategise towards winning in 2016.
He urged the party to work extra hard for power, because President Mahama would not want to lose power as a sitting president.
Mr. Afoko, who is a member of the National Council of the NPP, told listeners of Angel FM in Kumasi yesterday that in preparing to win power in 2016, ‘we have to do the right thing and ensure that the basic ingredient of unity in the party is addressed.’
He said the party should make itself battle-ready for 2016, by addressing the kind of divisiveness existing in the party for genuine unity to prevail.
According to him, the divisiveness in the party, which is based on Alan-Akufo-Addo factionalism, does not augur well for the party.
The council member said the party must do the right things by respecting the provisions of its constitution, and that suggestions by individuals must be considered in the face of the rules and regulations of the party.
Mr. Afoko, who confirmed to the host, Kwame Adinkrah, that he would contest the chairmanship of the party in order to come out with a new team to strategise to win Election 2016, said the management of the party had let it down.
He said party management was not about the flagbearership, and faulted the management for undue delays in preparing to go to elections.
He said power comes strategically, and stressed the need for the party to start thinking strategically.
According to him, preparations for elections start when the last election is over, and tasked that preparations towards 2016 by the NPP should start now.
He said preparations towards the next elections should be seen to be continuous, hence the need to make party structures attractive to members, particularly the youth, to turn the party around.
He said he was in Kumasi to introduce himself to the owners of the party to contest the chairmanship, in order to the bidding of the larger following of the party, which currently, holds one and half out of ten regions in the country.
Mr. Afoko, who briefed listeners of the sacrifices he had made for the party, indicated that he was in to grab the chairmanship in order to develop strategies for the party to win, because winning an election depends on strategies.
He said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had been winning elections because it strategised, and that the NPP, as a true national party, should be able to strategise and win an election, and not think that it would assume power on the mere assumption that NDC has been in power for eight years, and therefore, it would take its turn without sweat.
The NPP council member said once a strategy was put in place, the NPP should be able to fight and share votes in the North, and beat its opponent in the Ashanti Region and elsewhere, in order to turn the fortunes of the party round.
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