NPP leadership tasked to reconcile and embrace defectors

By
Dennis Peprah, GNA  

Sunyani, Oct. 17, GNA – Some leading members
of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Brong-Ahafo Region on Wednesday,
called on the Party leadership to reconcile and bring back discontented
supporters and defectors to secure landslide victory in 2020. 

According to them, the Party leadership at all
levels must endeavour and be in the position to welcome and embrace disgruntled
supporters who in one way or the other left the Party in Election 2016 due to
certain misunderstandings and disagreements. 

They expressed the fear that if the
intra-party divisions within the NPP were not settled, such divisions had the
potential to cause the Party to lose significant votes and affect its chances
in Election 2020. 

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency
(GNA), the leading members noted that all was not well for the NPP, as it
braced itself for Election 2020 because there was still lack of unity within
the Party, which was likely to be more damaging, as it involved high profile
Party personalities. 

Mr. Stephen Owusu Afriyie, the Asutifi North
Chairman of the NPP said he was unhappy that the NPP could not settle some
disagreements between and among some high-ranking members of the Party across
the length and breadth of the country. 

These misunderstandings among members and
supporters, he observed nearly affected the chances of the Party negatively in
that election. 

“As the Party braces itself for the 2020
general election, there is the need for the leadership to forget the past and
recall particularly those who contested the various parliamentary seats
independently. 

“The independent candidates who left our great
Party went away with several supporters and followers and it is better the
Party focuses on how best to bring them back if we yearn to win the 2020
elections”, Mr. Afriyie added. 

He advised the newly-elected Constituency
executives to engage and bring on board candidates who contested and lost in
the Constituency primaries to join the electioneering and play their parts
towards a total victory.

Mr. Richard Kwadwo Adu, a former Wenchi
Constituency Youth Organiser of the NPP reminded that the NPP was not a
political party for certain social class of people, but a mass movement that
respected and cherished the views and aspirations of all supporters. 

He said if certain misunderstandings among
supporters and members remained unsettled it could be manifested into something
else that could affect the electoral performance of the Party in 2020. 

He indicated that a political party would
remain stronger if it maintained and built on its numerical strength, and
appealed to the NPP to embrace all “returnees” and engage them actively in the
campaign. 

Mr. Frank Opoku-Adjapong, a founding member of
the NPP in the Sunyani East Constituency observed that intra-party divisions
were dangerous, saying if Party disputes remained unsettled, it could inflict
electoral damages, and cause serious negativities on them. 

He explained that internal wrangling,
jealousy, and all divisive tendencies would not augur well for the NPP as it
would undermine the Party’s unity and consequently slow down its growth and
development. 

Mr Opoku-Adjapong advised the Party supporters
and sympathizers to avoid complacency and intensify campaign to sell the
achievements of the government to people and eligible voters at the grassroots
to enable them understand the ideologies of the NPP to retain it in 2020. 

He indicated that the constituencies remained
the pillars of the NPP and was hopeful that the leadership would strengthen the
constituencies to embark on vigorous campaigns. 

Mr. Michael Osei Boateng, the Brong-Ahafo
Regional Youth Organiser of the NPP, said the fortunes of the Party in Election
2020 was bright because Ghanaians had understood that it was only the NPP
government that could push-forward national development. 

He added his voice to the calls on the Party
supporters and members to forget about the past and build a formidable
Party. 

Mr. Boateng who is also the Brong-Ahafo
Regional Director of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) said with the
implementation of the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo), Planting for Food and Jobs
(PfFJs) and free Senior High School programme, the government had won the
confidence of majority of Ghanaian voters.

GNA

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