General News of 2014-01-03

NPP lacks voluntarism - Kwabena Agyepong

A member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former Press Secretary of the Kufuor Administration, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, has stated members of the party now lack the will to serve and sacrifice for the NPP.

"I have always maintained that politics is about service and sacrifice but not a lot of people in the party see it that way.

“That was what people like the late B. J. Da Rocha taught us when young people like myself joined the party. It is not the same these days and I see that the spirit of voluntarism is dying in our ranks,” he said.

He pointed out that the decision to participate in politics is one that is driven by the desire to learn and support a cause, but according to him, this desire is currently not very visible in the NPP.

This, he said, has led to the recent challenges the party has been facing, especially the loss of both the 2008 and the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Speaking on Oman FM’s political talk show, Boiling Point on Thursday, Mr. Agyepong mentioned that “I have paid my dues to this party for so many years. I was around in 1992 when Ghana had its first elections after the period of military rule and I have been working since then.

I went round the country with Courage Quarshigah to educate party members on the workings of the elections and the new additions of the era such as the polling agents. I did all this because of the love I had for the NPP and the desire to see it succeed.”

The former NPP flagbearer hopeful declared his intention of strengthening the polling station base of the NPP if he is elected as the party’s General Secretary in the March 2014 national congress.

He is contesting the position together with Captain Nkrabea Effah Darteh and the incumbent General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.

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