Politics of 2013-12-09

Fred Oware: Every NPP member must join campaign trail for 2016

An aspiring National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Fred Oware, has expressed the wish that party members will not do anything that will encourage others to stay out of the loop.
He said that as the party was in the process of electing its officers at the polling station, constituency, regional and national levels, he was troubled by some of the issues related to the elections and therefore enjoined party members to stay focused, united and committed for the 2016 victory.
“As an aspiring National Chairman, I really need to have every single member on board rather than having fragmented members,” he told the Daily Graphic on Friday.
He, therefore, called on the delegates to ensure that they used their positions to forge oneness and common purpose at their various centres.
Mr. Oware, who is currently the Vice-Chairman of the NPP, will hopefully contest the position with incumbent Chairman, Mr. Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, Mr. Paul Afoko, a leading member of the party who, it is believed, is making inroads in his campaign, and Mr. Steven Ntim, who has contested the position in past elections.
The electoral and campaign processes have already begun, with the final election for National Officers scheduled for March 1, 2014.
According to Mr. Oware, he has gained invaluable experience during the past four years as the First Vice Chairman and also developed exceedingly useful contacts, which, when put at the party’s disposal, would ensure electoral victory.
He also said that as a unifier, he had developed relations both within the party and outside it, especially from other parties, to chalk up electoral success.
“I am convinced that personal character, commitment to one’s duty, discipline and the development of strategies are what I will bring to bear as chairman, rather than any other position.
“I find myself in politics because I am saddened by our economic downturn and high wastage of our resources through mismanagement and corruption,” he told the Daily Graphic on Friday confidently while adducing reasons why he was aspiring to move from the vice chairperson position of the NPP to become the substantive national chair.
Consequently, Mr. Oware explained that he was offering to contest the chairmanship of the NPP to rally all groupings within the party and bring them together to become a strong, united and focused party.
“I will bring effective corporate values and principles to bear on the internal politics and management to enhance mass mobilization and also make the party attractive to swing and floating voters,” he said.