By Alfred K Dogbey
The planned unity meeting arranged by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential hopeful, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, for his colleague aspirants, to discuss the visible disunity in the party’s leadership, has been rescheduled.
The meeting, which was expected to take place last Friday in Accra, between the aspirants, who have picked the nomination forms, has been postponed to Wednesday, July 2.
Even though, Mr. Osei-Ameyaw, the convener of the meeting, who spoke in a telephone interview with The Herald over the weekend, did not explain why the meeting could not come on last Friday, he said, all the aspirants have been served with the letter and are prepared to attend.
The reschedule meeting, which is expected to take place at Mirage Royale Hotel located at East Legon, is projected to be a turning point for the NPP to come together and support whoever emerges winner at the crucial upcoming primaries in December.
Mr. Osei-Ameyaw, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) and Sub-Chief for Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region and Aflao in the Volta region respectively, told The Herald that, with the exception of two aspirants, the Second Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joe Ghartey and twice defeated presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is currently in London, the rest have received the letter and have expressed eagerness to attend.
He said, Nana Addo through his aides, have apologized for the inability of the candidate himself to attend the crunch meeting to restore unity and sanity in the elephant family.
The Asuogyaman MP, mentioned aspirants like; Mr. Addai Nimo, MP for Mampong, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, and former MP for Mfanstiman West, Dr. Konadu Apraku, and Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, former Minister for Trade & Industry , have all agree to attend.
Mr. Osei Ameyaw in media report said “Indeed, as candidates to such a high office, we must demonstrate good leadership qualities and desire for unity within the party devoid of acrimony, rancor and divisiveness.
“This way, we shall be marching on in peace and reliability on each other for power in 2016, but it is sad to note that the current events and developments in our party following the National Officers elections in Tamale can only be described as worrying.
“It is in the light of the forgoing that I respectfully invite you to a meeting to deliberate on the issues stated above so that we can chart the way forward for victory for our party in 2016”, noted the Asuogyamang legislator.
The unity mission by the legislator, according to sources close to Osei Ameyaw, demonstrates his leadership qualities to lead the NPP to victory in the 2016 general elections.
“Mr. Osei Ameyaw believes that the competition should not be the basis for disunity and that all the aspirants seeking to gain the approval to lead the party in Election 2016, should focus on uniting all fronts and to strategise on winning power from the moribund administration of the National Democratic Congress,” the Ghana News Agency quoted the source as saying.
He added: “Osei-Ameyaw is not only committed to the unity of the party but also thinking about the well-being of the NPP to remain a formidable force in the body politics of the country.”
The internal bickering in the elephant family reached its lowest ebb last Monday following a clash between security guards working at the headquarters of the party and those allegedly appointed by the Paul-Afoko administration.