After several hours of delay, the much touted National Delegates Conference of the opposition New Patriotic Party kick starts.
Delegates, 5,200 of them are taking their seats at a snail’s pace on the VIP end of the Tamale Sports Stadium.
Former Youth Organiser Anthony Karbo with a plea, asks delegates to take up their positions for the programe to start.
Its 11:50 am. The programme was supposed to have started at 10:00 am. Karbo says programme will begin in the next five minutes.
Conference begins at 12:00 noon with a prayer by the Chief Imam. The Kokomba dancing group sets the conference into motion with a resplendent cultural display.
A peace ambassador, ten year old Ivy Adwoa Ofori mounts the big platform to crusade for peace within her “beloved” NPP.
She says Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has shown the way for peace and all others must follow suit.
She gets a rousing applause from delegates. Karbo takes over.
A short musical interlude. Karbo acknowledges the presence of representatives of other parties as well as executives of TESCON.
The Tamale Regional Chairman of the NPP Bugri Naabu delivers a short address. He says the party is determined to win power in 2016 and charges Nana Akufo Addo and his counterpart, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to deliver victory for the NPP.
Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu takes his turn to address the delegates.
He challenges the party to try and increase its numbers in Parliament. He says the minority many a time, wins the debate in Parliament but lose on vote count. He says the country is looking out for the NPP to rescue the country from the hardships the NDC is inflicting on the country.
There is massive corruption and unemployment. The SADA development fund has been misappropriated, he chides.
He says it will be disastrous for the party and more importantly for the country if the NPP loses the election. He warns against insults that is tearing the party apart. People do not address issues but only attack personalities who offer themselves to serve the party.
Let the chorus of the party resonate with the rank and file of the party “we want power.” He says the party needs support from floating voters. “Are we making the party attractive to the neutrals and floating voters?” he asks.
Madam Esther Ofori, National Treasurer of the party has been called upon to give account. That has been shelved.
Jake Obetsebi Lamptey is called upon to account for his four year stewardship.
He calls on the delegates to observe a minute silence for the souls of the departed souls
Pray for a speedy recovery of innocent people who were shot two nights ago in Tamale.
Jake brings Peter Mensah who had acid poured on him during the 2012 elections. Mensah thanks Nana Akufo-Addo, Prof Ameyaw Ekumfi and the NPP members in Germany for helping him in his crisis moments.
He says it is by divine intervention that the NPP has gathered in Tamale for another Conference. 60 years ago on 11 April, 2014 the Northern Territories and the Northern Peoples Party was formed. Today the NPP is back in Tamale to elect new executives under the theme “Our Roots, Our Strength, Our Future.”
He says he has tabled a motion for the Tamale Stadium to be named Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.
The National Treasurer Madam Esther Ofori, now takes her turn and presents the financial report of the party. She says “raising monies in opposition is very difficult.” All the same she says the party has been able to manage the affairs of the state. She presents a report to the chairman who asks for the motion he moved for the acceptance of the report to be seconded. He gets the secondment of Osafo Maafo.
NDC’s General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia lightens up the congress as he leads a team of political party reps to give their solidarity messages to the NPP.
There is a loud shout from the partisan NPP crowd “we want change” . Asiedu Nketia says Tamale is the second HQ of the NDC and takes the opportunity to welcome the delegates. He admonishes the delegates to be peaceful in the dealings.
PNC General Secretary Bernard Mornah says the PNC will present a formidable force in 2016 and calls on the NPP to support it when the time comes as it did for the NPP in 2000. He says the PNC is waiting to work with all executives who will be elected.
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