I’ll Be A Unifying Chairman -Afoko Promises
ONE OF the leading contenders for the National Chairmanship position in the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Paul Afoko, says it is only genuine unity and spirit of forgiveness that can bring the party back to power.
The Builsa-born NPP leading member says there is the need for every single member to work towards achieving togetherness and unity in the party. This should not just be by mouth, if the NPP is really seeking to recapture power in 2016.
Condemning what he described as the devil of factionalism and camping within the party, Mr. Afoko said the time had come for the party to do serious soul searching to identify the problems and proffer genuine solutions to them.
Speaking on AKOKOABON , the weekend political programme on HELLO FM on Saturday , Mr. Afoko said it was for this reason that the NPP needs an all-embracing leadership with unique unifying qualities that can restore hope and rebuild broken bridges that have come about through bickering and rancourism among party members.
Mr. Afoko further expressed the need for functionaries within the party to deal with each other with respect and dignity, stressing that mudslinging and name calling must be nipped in the bud in the supreme interest of the party.
The NPP leading member noted that he has qualities that are capable of uniting all factions and to strengthen the base of the party for a resounding victory in 2016.
Stressing that experience is the best teacher, Mr. Afoko said being a victim of such factionalism, he has learnt his lessons the hardest way, adding that he would ensure that such unfortunate situation does not happened again, when elected the chairman of the party.
According to him, the struggle for power and positions should not necessarily be seen as factionalism, emphasizing that this can only happen when the supreme interest of the party is put before that of the individual.
Unveiling a programme which he has christened N.P.P, which he explained to mean ‘New Plan for Power’, Mr. Afoko said the party needed to be restructured, rebranded and resourced adequately to give it a new image as we confront the 2016 elections.
Mr. Afoko said he was very much worried about the ‘Akan Party’ tag, an unfortunate identity which opponents of the party have successfully exploited to NPP’s disadvantage.
‘We all know for sure that the NPP has a long tradition of politics which is national in nature and this culminated in the Dombo-Danquah-Busia tradition so I wonder why our opponents keep on exploiting this to our disadvantage and more worrying is the fact that our own supporters have fallen into this trap,’ he lamented.
The NPP leading member therefore called for a concerted effort from all groups within the party in order to prosecute the ultimate agenda of winning the 2016 general elections
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