The Chairman and leader of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Samia Yaba Nkrumah, has inaugurated a consultative and co-ordinating committee with a call on members of the party to dedicate their efforts to CPP electoral victory.
The co-ordinating committee, which is composed of chairpersons of all constitutional committees of the party, is part of measures towards the achievement of the electoral objectives of the party.
Inaugurating the committee at the party headquarters in Accra, Samia Yaba Nkrumah pointed out that the party had formidable challenges because it was the most besieged and embattled party in the political history of the country.
“Our party is the most besieged and embattled political party in the political history of our nation. We have suffered two coups d’état of our governments in 1966 and 1981.
“Our party was banned in 1968 and dismembered and fragmented in 1992. This attitude towards our party continues to this hour and the question many have asked over the years is why?” she said.
She explained that some political parties view the great tradition and heritage of CPP with animosity because the party resisted their efforts to impoverish the country, saying they also despised the self-less and principled commitment to the development of our country.
According to the chairman of the party, “the rapid industrialisation, strategic investments and progress in continental union under the CPP government threatened and undermined the efforts of external financial and commercial interests to dominate and control the resources and markets of the economy of Ghana”.
She added that “they hate our party because we are opposed to their exploitation of the peasant agricultural economies of a divided Africa, and acted on their intense hatred to collaborate with internal subversionists to plot and execute the overthrow of the CPP government on February 24, 1966”.
On the fragmentation of the party, she explained that the party suffered this fate because “our electoral victory in 1979 was the revelation that no political force could defeat a united Nkrumaist front of the CPP”.
This, she said, was reinforced and underpinned by the fact that “our victory in the political liberation struggle of our country makes us the traditional majority party in our country.”
She asked the members of the party to resist the destabilisation of the party by her political enemies, and warned against “fifthy columnists and agent provocateurs who may infiltrate the party and attempt to influence the party by corrupt means to act against interest.
She advised members of the party to “respect and obey the leaders they have freely elected and elders of the party who laid the political foundations, adding that their actions at all times should be consistent with the party’s constitution and the organisational principle of democratic centralism.
“We should appreciate the CPP’s disciplinary code of supremacy of the party and not our persona and egos”, Ms Nkrumah stressed.
The party, she said, remained resolute and undaunted because it had the power and capability to govern the country on the strength of the relevance, appropriateness and efficiency of the development ideology and philosophy of the party for the prosperity of the nation.
The chairman called on the committee to work tirelessly and without reservation towards an electoral victory in 2016, saying that “this is the challenge of our times”.
She pointed out that because of the “failure of the inappropriate and ineffective policies of the P/NDC and NPP governments in the past 32 years, it is time for a change”.
According to her It is time for the rejection of development policy dictates from political, economic, financial and commercial interests that denied Ghanaians political rights and economic opportunities under colonial rule.
“We refuse to be the hewers of wood and drawers of water in international economic relations.” she stated
It is time she said ,for the history of slavery and colonialism and responsibility to colonial freedom to drive and inform the economic development policy choices in fulfilment of the mission in history
She concluded that “on account of her incomparable and supreme development achievements in the economic development history of our dear country, it is time for the CPP to govern this country to prosperity”