…For Attempting to scheme for Nana Addo’s Third Time Bid
By Cecil Mensah
A youth activist of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has condemned the earlier attempts by the current leadership and their fanatics in the party to create an unfettered situation for the re-election of the twice defeated Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Mr Suleman Ahassan Atakpo said, the earlier decision by the National Chairman, Jake Obestebi-Lamptey and the General Secretary of the party, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, alias Sir John, to opt for the “top to down” approach in the organization of the party’s 2016 Presidential primary, as well as the election of National Executives is infantile.
According to him, the challenges facing the party must be addressed particularly, after losing two elections in a roll.
He said, the party must fashion out strategies devoid of self- centred ambitions and parochial interests of some group of peoples.
He said, as a group of young men in the party “we want to state that the national leadership of the party to find answers to the some of the mind boggling issues that led to the NPP losing two elections in a role”.
He questioned the kind of training that was given to the various polling station officers who were deployed by the party in the run-to the December 2012 elections to police the ballot.
Mr Atakpo, who is a member of the Dombo Advocacy Forum (DAF), a forum that has been advancing the course of the Dombo tradition in the party has also quizzed the leadership of the party, the role various polling station executives played in the last elections as well as their well being as it is emerging that their allowances were never paid.
“Many of the polling station executives are complaining that they have not received their responsibility allowance.
And it is this same group of people who have been denigrated and accused of being responsible for the party’s defeat” he said
Mr Sulleman Alhassan Atakpo, made this comments in an exclusive interview with The Herald in Accra.
He said the situation as it stands exposes the current leadership, as a group of insensitive individuals who have lost touch with the grassroots of the party.
He questioned that the rationale behind the “top to down” proposal, where the current leadership are aiming at electing a flag bearer before the electing of national executives.
He added that this a move by the current leaders to hold on to their positions even though they have failed to live up expectation of the grassroots.
According to him, this portrays the current leadership of the party as self -seeking group of persons whose main agenda is inimical to the unity of the Danquah-Busia –Dombo tradition.
He called on all well meaning party supporters to hold the current leadership accountable for the party’s loss in the last two elections and demanded that they be held accountable for the wanton dissipation of the party’s resources.
He said, the National Chairman and his General Secretary must be made to account for the sixteen thousand Ghana Cedis, it took from each male parliamentary candidate in the run –up to the December 7, general elections as well the funds that accrued from the premium text messages that were rolled out as part of the fund raising campaign of the party.