Aspiring Youth Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Richard Kwasi Nyamah has threatened to place injunction on the annual delegate conference of his party which is schedule to take place on April 12, 2014 if the elections committee carries out its decision to disallow the contenders to address the delegates at the Tamale Conference.
Pinpointing his reason to place injunction on the annual conference, Richard Nyamah stressed that the explanation of time constraints as given by the elections committee does not wash and that time will have to be made by any means necessary, adding that it has never happened that a national delegate’s conference has been held without addresses by candidates.
At a press conference held today at the NPP’s Greater Accra Regional office, Kokomlemle, the Youth Organizer aspirant stressed that two people cannot hold the party with over 5,000 delegates to ransom.
“….the decision by the elections committee not to allow us the contestants to address the delegates in Tamale is totally unacceptable and unconstitutional and if the party insists on going ahead, I may consider the option of placing an injunction on the elections…..the party has always allowed contestants to sell their messages to delegates even if it is for a minute. It has never happened, not with my knowledge that a national delegate’s conference has been held without addresses by candidates. The explanation of time constraints does not wash and time will have to be made by any means necessary”, he bemoaned.
Below is a reproduction of the statement read at the press confab:
PRESS CONFERENCE BY RICHARD KWESI NYAMAH ON ANNUAL DELEGATES CONFERENCE OF THE NPP
Ladies and gentlemen of the media, I have invited you today to address some urgent concerns I have on the annual delegate’s conference which the elections committee failed to address. I have no option but to resort to addressing Ghanaians and if these concerns are not looked at after this press conference I may have to resort to more drastic measures.
First and foremost, the decision by the elections committee not to allow us the contestants to address the delegates in Tamale is totally unacceptable and unconstitutional and if the party insists on going ahead, I may consider the option of placing an injunction on the elections.
My reasons are simple; the party has always allowed contestants to sell their messages to delegates even if it is for a minute. It has never happened, not with my knowledge that a national delegate’s conference has been held without addresses by candidates. The explanation of time constraints does not wash and time will have to be made by any means necessary.
Ladies and gentlemen, two people cannot impose their will on over 5,000 delegates going to Tamale to vote. The delegate’s conference is going to the Northern region for the first time and delegates will be travelling from across the country and indeed the world over to be addressed by those they wish to lead them. Some of us have not had the opportunity to address everyone and to deny us that opportunity especially when the precedent has been to address delegates is nothing short of an election already prepared and delivered.
To this effect, I am engaging other aspirants to present a united voice to prevent this charade of an election in the making. Secondly, I call on all delegates to refuse to be part of a process where they won’t be allowed to know who they vote for. The NPP was built on the sweat and blood of our forefathers who sacrificed their lives for the party.
I therefore call on the elections committee to rescind its decision not to allow us to address the delegates because I have only my ideas and confidence to sell to the delegates and not money. Failure to do so, I will proceed to court to place an injunction on the elections or lead a demonstration in Tamale in protest.
NORTHERN YOUTH LOSING CONFIDENCE IN THE PARTY
I also wish to request as a matter of urgency an immediate statement from the party leadership before the conference to address the faith of NPP youth in the northern region who have either been incarcerated or killed as in Yahuza Yakubu, Abibu Dagbana, Majeed Alhassan, Alhassan Sayibu and Imoro Gundaana and just recently Abdul Naziru of Khandaha. The leadership of the party after several petitions of which I have been involved, have failed to address the concerns of these foot soldiers who have put their lives on the line in the name of the party and who seem abandoned. But for the singular involvement of Nana Obiri Boahene, who provided free legal aid to these gallant foot soldiers, they would have simply been forgotten.
As we currently speak, the majority of the party youth in Tamale have been chased out by security forces and have gone into hiding. After several appeals on the back of a press conference and a demonstration in 2011 in Tamale to address their incarceration, not much has been heard of the party leadership in this direction.
The silence of the party on their faith is deafening and a demotivation for the youth in the region to fight for the party. I therefore call for a statement from the party outlining these concerns as to how the party will address this issue or I intend to mobilize the youth of the region to boycott the elections and hit the street during the program. The foot soldiers of the party need to feel being part of the party in both good times and in bad times.
Ladies and gentlemen, the NPP needs to have its glorious days of sacrifice back. We are in opposition and money should not be our motivation but rather wining power. Ghanaians will not forgive us next time if we fail to win the elections. We will however not win when we spend our huge resources outdoing each other in internal contest which leaves the vanquished bitter and outdone and cheated. This will not bring unity and if there is no unity, there can’t be victory.
Team Richard Nyamah
Nene Samuel Sakite