By Cecil Mensah
The twice defeated chairman aspirant of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has identified that the continuous existence and festering of factionalism will pose a very serious threat to the party’s ability to win executive power, come 2016.
Mr Stephen Ntim’s recent outburst about factionalism in the party goes to buttress the long held views of pollster and Managing Editor of Daily Dispatch, Mr Ben Ephson that the NPP was divided along Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo who belonged to the ethnic Akyem Mafia from the Eastern Region and ex-President John Agyekum Kufour faction from the Ashanti Region.
According to Mr Ntim, who is himself perceived to belong to the Kufour faction, the perceived factionalism pose a serious threat to party unity.
On this premise he said, “I am going to dedicate myself to the efforts at unifying the party. I am in a position to play this very crucial role because,
I have been able to demonstrate beyond every reasonable doubt that I frown upon this unfortunate phenomenon that besets every true democratic political party like the NPP.
He claimed to use his in depth social networking and political diplomacy of listening to people, more than talking to them to solve this creeping canker in the party.
Mr Stephen Ayensu Ntim, a systems engineer by profession, gave credence to the existence of factionalism in the party at the launch of his third time bid for the chairmanship slot of the party.
He said in spite of the fact that factionalism is rife in the party, he was going to conduct a decourous campaign devoid of mudslinging and name calling.
Indeed, I had exemplified this in all my previous campaigns, so my pledge will not amount to paying lips service to the concept he maintained.
He added that after all said and done,” we are still one big political family and this being intra-party contest we, have to come together and work in tandem to ensure victory in 2016”.
He pledged to ensure that politics of insults are eschewed even in inter-party discourses in an effort to stamp out political Frankenstein.
He said his involvement in the current contest marks his third attempt at becoming the National Chairman of the party, after having served a successful
four-year term in office as the Vice Chairman that led to the victory in 2004.
“As the first- Vice National Chairman under Mr Haruna Esseku from 2001 to 2004, I later attempted the chairmanship slot for 2005 and lost to Mr Peter Mac Manu and later to Mr Jake Obestebi-Lamptey in 2010.
I am a very focused person who does not give up so easily, so I am here again to contest for the same position, because as the saying goes “winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win”
People are elected or appointed into party leadership for one single reason: to take the party to power.
In all humility, I have the requisite experience to steer the affairs of the party to win power in 2016.
It is on record and known to all party faithful that I criss- crossed the length and breadth of this country between 2001 and 2005 to win power for the NPP.
Resilience and tenacity of purpose
I have shown resilience and tenacity of purpose in my effort to annex the chairmanship position. I did not lose hope after losing in my two previous bids. I stayed the course, continued to offer my moral and material quota, and got involved in all party activities. I hope and pray to continue to emulate this show of loyalty and continue to serve the party even after losing at elections.