General News of Friday, 19 June 2015
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has directed party officials and supporters to scrap all camps within the Elephant family to go into the 2016 elections with a united front.
The party seems divided along the Alan Kyerematen and Nana Addo camps. Political watchers believe that could adversely affect the Danquah-Busia Dombo tradition in its bid to annex the presidency in the next general elections.
Speaking during a courtesy call on him by the newly elected parliamentary candidate of the Madina constituency, Boniface Abubakr Saddique, Nana Akufo-Addo, said the internal wrangling must stop.
“Our internal contests are almost over. We have a few more constituencies which are yet to conduct their parliamentary primaries. Let us all remember that this talk of this person is a ‘Nana man’, that person is an ‘Alan man’ is no longer relevant. We are all members of the NPP, and I am going to work with all members of the party,” the three-time presidential candidate said.
“Boniface was part of Alan’s team and did not support me; today he is the parliamentary candidate for Madina. We are going to work together. We have to deliver Ghana from the failing government of Mahama’s NDC and bring back progress and prosperity to our country. We can only do that if we are all working together in sincerity.”
He said he was encouraged by the show of camaraderie amongst the delegates and executives from Madina, and thanked them for their visit and their pledges of support ahead of the 2016 election.
“On my part, I can also say that I have full confidence in Boniface, the man you have elected as your parliamentary candidate. He is an experienced politician. I am sure that, together, we will work hard for victory in 2016. I have known him for many years, as we worked together under President Kufuor,” Akufo-Addo said.
On his part, Saddique, assured Nana Akufo-Addo and the rank and file of the party of his determination to annex the Madina seat for the NPP in the 2016 election.
According to him, though the Madina constituency has never been won by the NPP since the restoration of multi-party democracy in 1992, he is of the firm belief that with the current level of unity prevailing amongst members, delegates and executives of the party, coupled with his strong message and vision of what Madina can be under an Akufo-Addo led NPP government, he is convinced the electorate in the constituency will vote for him to become its Member of Parliament in 2016.
“I made this pledge to the delegates prior to the primaries and I want to reaffirm it again. Madina will be counted in 2016 as one of the seats belonging to the NPP. We will win Madina, Insha Allah. I want to assure Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s President-in-waiting, that his vote share in Madina will increase. Akufo-Addo will win in Madina, Boniface will also win in Madina,” he said.