The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has ended its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Tamale, where they came out with some strategic plans to revitalise the party to improve its electoral fortunes in subsequent elections in the country.
The meeting, which is the largest gathering of the Nkrumaist party—next to a congress, attracted some of the founding fathers of the party and members of the central committee and party executives from all over the country.
Also present was the only Member of Parliament for the CPP, Mr Moses Amadu, from the Kumbungu Constituency in the Northern Region.
At the end of the successful congress, the NEC members adopted five tactical approaches to help the part win the next general election in 2016. Even before members could deliberate on the proposal for approval, the party’s chairman, Ms Samia Nkrumah, said she would resign her position if the proposal was rejected.
Threats of resignation
“I am willing to resign my position as chairman of the CPP if congress does not accept the proposals of the committee that was set-up to look into our dismal performance in the last elections,” stated Ms Nkrumah.
Adoption of resolution
At the end of the discussions, however, the proposal was unanimously adopted by the members. It includes the mobilisation of its rank and file for registration on a newly created digitalised database that would form the basis for voting and contesting elections.
“In addition to acting as an official register, it will also serve as a means through which we will pay our monthly dues, another symbol of commitment to our cause,” the chairman indicated.
She added that all registered members would be required to pay their monthly dues of GH¢2 through mobile money, a method that guarantees transparency and accountability.
According to her, all dues collected would be part in a separate account, showing the constituency and region they were generated from and their use, as the use of the funds will be decided on in a transparent and participatory manner.
“The CPP also intends to embark on party and ideological education of its members. In addition, we must familiarise ourselves with the peculiar needs and priorities of our various districts,” she added.
The chairman also entreated members to regularly hold deliberations in the respective constituencies, districts and regions to fashion out how they could increase membership and the way forward for the party.
“Today, we need the most committed, loyal and dedicated members to take us to political power in order to overturn decades of dependency, mismanagement and a visionless approach to development,” she stated.
Ms Nkrumah further explained that “our poor performance nationwide and the loss of our lone seat in the Jomoro Constituency, where I was the MP, by immoral means—as I have declared repeatedly, delayed the inevitable urgent reform of the internal operations of the party.”
The chairman also expressed appreciation to the executive and rank and file of the Kumbungu Constituency for electing Mr Moses Yahaya to represent them in Parliament.
How to win the 2016 elections
According to Ms Nkrumah, destiny beckoned the CPP once again and that if the party’s objective was to win the 2016 polls to impact positively on the lives of the people, “then we can only do this by destroying the duopoly of the two main parties and be part of the re-birth of Ghana.”
She, however, indicated that the single most important requirement for the CPP to return to power was members commitment to the party’s vision; “loyal members who cannot succumb to fear, who cannot be tempted and who cannot be bought.”