The entire Executive of the Upper West regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) decided to boycott the visit of one of their presidential hopefuls, Alan Kyeremanteng, when he arrived to campaign for votes in the region last week for their impending national delegatesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ congress scheduled for August this year.
Mr Alan Kyeremanteng arrived with no enthusiasm attached to his over thirty men entourage. The arrival was low keyed as people looked on unconcerned as he passed through the principal streets of the regional capital, Wa.
Information gathered by the Catalyst also showed that the same scenario repeated itself in the other districts he visited in the region. The Catalyst learnt that the current executives are under the control of AlanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arch rival, Nana Akufo-Addo. The so much talked about unity in the party does not go beyond rhetoric as mudslinging is the order of the day.
Fight nearly broke out when Mr Alan Kyeremanteng organized party members in the regional capital to round up his campaign. Some party men were seen openly raining insults on his campaign director in the region, the former regional minister under the NPP government, Mr Hika Benson. They accused him of not sharing money that was supposed to come to them in the region.
Matters came to a head when some group heard that they were supposed to collect an amount of 200 Ghana cedis from him. All these happenings were going on in the full glare of Mr Kwabena Agyepong, former Press Secretary to ex president Kufuor, and the presidential aspirant, Alan Kyeremanteng. Some of the supporters The Catalyst spoke to, who sought anonymity said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are tired of the go and come attitude on the regional campaign director, Hika Benson.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The situation for the party is a very ugly one in the region. Regional party executives are sharply divided and one wonders how they are going to campaign and defeat the incumbent NDC in the 2012 elections. The executives have acrimonious relations. Most of them are not on talking terms.
Party members are disillusioned about current happenings in the party and believe that if steps are not taken to resolve them the 2012 elections will be a walkover for the NDC.