NPP Chairman Battles Litigants

Peter Mac Manu-NPP National ChairmanNEWS OF the death of Courage Quashigah, a former minister of state and a stalwart of the opposition New Patriotic Party, could not dampen the enthusiasm at the regional delegates’ conference of the party at Koforidua in the Eastern Region yesterday as supporters and delegates called for a new direction that will ensure victory in 2012.

Some delegates DAILY GUIDE spoke to were not happy that the party virtually gave power to its main opponents, the National Democratic Congress, on a silver platter, and some are still blaming party leaders for the painful electoral defeat.

The National Chairman of the party, Peter Mac Manu, admitted at yesterday’s congress that his performance as chairman was not all that satisfactory and that was why he decided not to seek re-election but rather throw his weight behind whoever would be elected as the next chairman of the party.

He said the defeat could be a good omen for the party in the next general elections since Ghanaians have now seen the difference between NPP’s good government and NDC’s bad government.

He warned that if party supporters do not end the blame game and work together, the task ahead in 2012 would be very difficult.

According to him, supporters must know that the interest of the party reigns supreme and that they should use internal mechanisms to solve their differences.

“We have council of elders, patrons, former ministers of state, and former MPs who aggrieved members can rely on to help address their differences and not resort to unnecessary court actions.

“We need not run to the court, the newspapers and the radio stations to address our differences or problems because that will undermine the unity of the party”, he said.

He then asked that people who will be victorious in any internal election work together with the losers.

In all, 23 people contested for nine regional executive positions, with the chairman and the second vice chairman being the most sought after.

Four people; Yaw Gyekye Amoabeng, Kofi Asare Lartey, Kweku Ansa-Asare and Dr. Yaw Annor contested for the chairmanship position, while the second vice chairman position was also sought after by four people.

However the election for the women’s organizer position had to be suspended because of an injunction placed on it by an aggrieved contestant.

From Thomas Fosu Jnr, Koforidua