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Monday, July 19, 2010

Can the Four NPP Speak For Themselves?

Hardly surprising that the NPP August 7 date for the Congress remains unchanged. It is not for nothing that presidential aspirants seek to control the National Chairmanship and all top Executive positions long before the primaries. The outcome of the meeting was predictable. What is not clear is whether or not the four aspirants are really satisfied. I personally have my doubts. I believe however that since all parties have an interest to remain together than to break up in rancour and bitterness, there must have been sufficient political will to see eye-to-eye. It just happens that, often what appears to be commonsensical eludes the great elephant family, which has its own ways of doing things. Knowing what I know, this statement appears to be hiding something very bad from the public. They better gag the four aspirants very effectively, if they do not want any leakages of this strange quick-fix. It would have also been proper and more convincing if the four who have complained publicly could be given the permission of the party to tell us about their own unrestrained satisfaction following this meeting. It is in their own interest to be seen to be coherent. Once they have come public with their complaints, it is incumbent upon them to remember their own public and their apprehensions. If they allow themselves to be gagged by the Akufo Addo party hawks, currently in control, who is going to listen to them again the next time they call a press conference? We want to know from the four themselves, whether or not they are satisfied with the outcome of the meeting. Knowing what exactly their problem is, we want to know in a very convincing manner whether concrete and reliable arrangements were made that are transparent enough and what that was. Let the men who want to lead us be able to speak for themselves. I hope that is not too much to ask of a party that prides itself of being based on democratic principle.

We of the CPP wish them well.

Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!

* Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.
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NPP sticks to August 7 congress date after 'friendly' meeting
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The largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reiterated that its national congress to elect a presidential candidate for the 2012 general elections will come off on August 7, 2010.

The date which was in doubt owing to threats of a court injunction by some disgruntled members of the party was confirmed on Monday after a crunch meeting of all the five aspirants of the party convened by the party’s Council of Elders.

The meeting was also necessitated by a press conference organized by four of the five presidential aspirants last week which raised concerns about the party’s preparedness for the congress citing irregularities in the voters’ register and proxy voting. Their concerns were however countered by some national executives of the party including the chairman and general secretary. MORE....

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