General News of 2014-01-02

Alan predicts doom for NPP in 2016 if…

Alan Kyeremanten says the NPP should focus on building a formidable party capable of wrestling power from the NDC in 2016 rather than dabbling in petty squabbles.
The two-time failed presidential aspirant cautioned of party structures deteriorating at the grassroots if the current challenges bedeviling the party are not immediately arrested.
Alan Kyeremanten offered the advice on an Accra based radio station, Adom FM on Thursday when commenting on a wide range of issues.
In the estimation of Mr Kyerematen, members of the party irrespective of the person’s tribal or financial background should, at all times, be allowed to freely air their views and observations.
The former Ghana’s high commissioner to the United States (US) was of the view that whoever wins the party’s presidential race would be comfortable leading “a united party not a fragmented one”.
“I have not listened to what Dr Apraku really said, but I believe that the tradition of the party is that people are allowed to air their views, frustrations and observations.
“… and there are structures ad guidelines regulating all these things so people should be able to talk without them being persecuted,” the former trade and industry minister submitted.
Dr Konadu Apraku’s comment a few weeks ago that the party should elect a new crop of executive and presidential candidate to stir the affairs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) attracted a storm of criticism from some party faithful.
The critics described Dr Apraku’s assertion as derisory and an attempt to malign Nana Akufo-Addo, the party’s presidential candidate in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.
Though Mr Kyerematen was not assertive whether he would be contesting for the flagbeareship position in the party’s impending national delegates’ congress, but gave a broad indication he could stage a comeback, after his two botch attempts.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) would be going to congress to elect a presidential candidate for election 2016 soon, but some national executives have publicly declared their support for Akufo-Addo.