General News of Monday, 14 December 2015
The newly elected National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Monarh has said the party would reach out to the 2012 Presidential Candidate, Mr Hassan Ayariga, and try to prevent him from resigning.
Mr Ayariga on Monday announced a breakaway from the party following his defeat at the party’s delegates’ congress in Wa on Saturday.
He lost to the party’s four-time presidential candidate, Dr Edward Mahama. Mr Ayariga polled 426 votes, while Dr Mahama polled 492 votes.
Stating his reasons, for leaving the PNC, Mr Ayariga accused the party of treating him unfairly.
But in an interview on Citi FM, the party’s National Chairman, Mr Monarh said the party would take a look at Mr Ayariga’s issue and resolve it.
He noted that, although losing an election was bitter and disturbing, it did not mean that he (Ayariga) was no longer a member of the party, but that, “people want an alternative to leadership”.
“Hassan Ayariga is a true member of our family. Today if he has lost an election…it is not to say that he is not one of us. Losing elections is bitter…and sometimes it’s very disturbing,” he said.
“As the National Chairman, I’ll work with my senior brother so that any issue that he feels uncomfortable with he will bring it to our attention and after my interaction with him, we will get to know what it is that he thinks was an unfair treatment of him and at the end of the day we will resolve it,” Mr Monarh said.