The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Minority Members of Parliament yesterday held a crunch meeting on the on-going crisis in the party, which concerned individuals claim, could impact negatively on its chance of annexing power in 2016.
The meeting, arranged by the leadership of the MPs in the minority leader’s office right after yesterday’s proceedings, was held behind closed doors but DAILY GUIDE’s intelligence gathered that the MPs were extremely worried about the current ‘problems’ in the party. They therefore wanted calm to be restored so that the calendar of its programmes would not be thrown out of gear.
According to DAILY GUIDE’s information, the MPs discussed the issue of the impasse between the national chairman of the party and the general secretary on one side and some regional executives on the other over the tragic acid attack on the Upper East Regional Chairman, Adams Mahama. They reportedly decided to remain neutral after lengthy arguments over whether or not the two officers should remain in office until the National Council takes a decision on that.
“The minority caucus must not rush in this matter and must play the fatherly role until the National Council meets and takes a decision on this matter,” a member of the minority caucus who pleaded anonymity, told DAILY GUIDE after the meeting.
Some of the minority MPs were not happy about the way some of their colleague MPs had been ‘whitewashing’ the party in public, especially in the media.
“These media attacks on our own party will not help us at all and that all of us must take a cue and protect the integrity of the party and its leaders anytime we are speaking in public,” a concerned NPP MP told this paper, stressing that “whatever we say about our party and their leaders will give big ammunition to our political opponents who are rejoicing over what is going on in the party”.
According to the concerned MP, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) does not have any message for its campaign in 2016 and ‘the NPP is just giving them ‘self-inflicting’ message to completely kill us in 2016″.
He also called on the leadership of the party to plead with pro-NPP media outlets to stop what he described as the negative publicity about the party because those ‘negative stories’ will not do any good for the party.
Some of the MPs were also of the strong opinion that the national chairman and the general secretary must be made to step aside otherwise it would not bring peace in the party in the three northern regions and could seriously affect its chance of winning more seats there.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr
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