Member of NPP’s Communications team who now doubles as National Coordinator of Crusaders of Nana Akufo-Addo (C.O.N.A.A), Hopeson Adoye has debunked public assertion that competition between factions of Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyeremanteng has tendencies to destroy the party and better yet cause the party another defeat in the 2016 general election.
Speaking at the official launch of ‘CRUSADERS OF NANA AKUFO ADDO’ which is an opinion support group solely and purposely aimed at championing the cause of Nana Akufo-Addo, Mr Adoye opined that it is necessary for competitions in the party contrary to the views and understanding of some party members and the public at large as he believes it is a platform to test the strength and sense of unity of the party as one unique family regardless.
In view of this he urged other party members who choose to support different presidential aspirants to do so with decorum and circumspection.
As a results he rejected calls by some party members who preferred Alan Kyeremanteng to back down in his contestation for the presidential aspirant position hence rendering Nana Akufo-Addo unopposed. He believes that even Nana Akufo-Addo reckons healthy competitions as he quoted him as saying; “This is but a contest between members of one family, the Great Elephant family. We must, therefore, be guided and guarded constantly by an uncompromising sense of unity, fellowship and greater purpose.
…..The NPP has always stood for competition and choice, and I am a firm believer in these principles. Just as delegates of our party have always done, they will, at the right time, choose the candidate who they believe will best serve the interests of the party going forward.”
However, he indicated that in as much as the newly formed group supports the candidature of Nana Akufo-Addo, the unity of the New Patriotic Party as one body is paramount and no individual is greater than the party. He states that the NPP cannot rescue power from the current government through a fractured party.
Mr Adoye expressed worry at what he called negative campaigning strategies adopted by some candidates and their surrogates prior to the Presidential primaries. He indicates such acts were alien to the traditions of the party and also warns members of the party who had begun casting slurs intended to destroy the reputation of candidates to desist as C.O.N.A.A shall not sit aloof to watch it happen. He stress that C.O.N.A.A shall attack any supporter of any candidate that attacks the personality of Nana Addo as an individual.
According to him C.O.N.A.A is calling for an issue based campaign devoid of smear, blackmailing, and backbiting campaign . He urged other supporter groups of other candidates to sell and project the positive aspects of their candidates to the delegates instead of resorting to crude methodologies of marketing their leaders.
Finally, Mr. Adoye advised that all candidates should ‘go to the ground’, ‘listen to the ground’ and ‘assess the ground’ to know which candidate majority of NPP supporters request to lead them into the 2016 elections. He states that such undertaking is that which has informed the formation of C.O.N.A.A as people say “No Nana no vote”. As a result they believe 90% of delegates are going to vote for Nana Akufo-Addo, hence their project code “President 7117″ which explains that on the 7th of 1st January 2017 Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would be sworn in as President elect of the Republic of Ghana.
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