Politics of Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Source: Alfa Shaban | GhanaWeb
James Kwabena Bonfeh Jnr, the current director of elections of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has reiterated the call for parties founded on the Nkrumah ideology to unite because the time for that unity was now more than ever.
‘The time to unite is now, the lineage is clear,’ he stated. He makes reference to the ‘Unity Accord’ of October 1997 which bounded Nkrumahist parties to take steps to unite as a single political force even though 18 years on, that merger has yet to actualise.
He opines that in their individual elements, the parties would hardly make any impact in the current political area. ‘None of the political parties claiming heritage to Nkrumah can do it alone,’ the former CPP youth organizer added.
He thus tasked the current leadership of his party, of the Peoples’ National Convention (PNC), the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) and the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) to as a matter of urgency unite going forward.
James popularly referred to as Kabila averred that; ‘whether CPP, PNC, GCPP or PPP our heritage is one. Our leaders should not hold on to name and symbols and deny Ghana of the best source of leadership.’
Mr. Bomfeh is also a General Secretary aspirant of the CPP who also nurse parliamentary ambitions in the Kintampo North constituency. He was speaking on Peace FM, an Accra-based radio station
Merger talks between the two parties have often come up in the past, the latest being early this month when the chairpersons of both parties were reported by the state-owned media as having signed an agreement relative to the merger.
It was not long before the CPP’s organizer revealed that the two persons, CPP’s Samia Yaaba Nkrumah and the PNC’s Alhaji Ramadan were speaking in that private capacities and that nothing concrete had been agreed upon.
Both parties have been having dwindling fortunes with each general election and a merger is seen by political watchers as the viable means through which Ghana can have a third political force aside the ruling National Democratic Congress and the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) who have ruled the country since 1992 when the country adopted the fourth republican constitution.