Politics of 2014-01-21

NPP can't lose for the third time running - Beatrice Owusu

An aspirant for the Ashanti Regional Women's Organiser position of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Madam Beatrice Owusu, has noted that it would be politically suicidal for a party like the NPP to lose the elections for the third time running, adding that the party must do all that it takes to reclaim power from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to her, reclaiming power largely depends on how the party will strategize to meet the aspirations of the' ordinary voter, particularly women.

She said the party must be practical in ensuring that the NDC is discouraged from making inroads in the Ashanti region in terms of votes.

In an exclusive interview with the New Statesman over the weekend, the candidate noted that the NPP has to do more than what it has done in previous elections by concentrating on the voters in the various villages in the country.

Beatrice Owusu said; “I have realized that we over concentrate our efforts in the urban areas, neglecting those in the rural communities. It is the hinterlands, that have always won power for any party (in the country) and I strongly believe that until we as a party start refocusing on these people, victory will always elude us".

In her estimation, since women constitute the larger voter population, there is the need to empower them with the requisite education to take up leading roles in the campaign of the party, adding “women must also take up leading roles in every positive venture that could propel the party’s victory in the 2016 election”.

Beatrice Owusu said if elected as the women's organiser, she would also adopt new, efficient and practical strategies to win more women for the NPP.

The Regional Women’s Organizer hopeful says she hopes to translate her good works as the Kwabre West constituency organiser to the regional level and ensure that the party’s fortunes in the Ashanti Region is increased.

Describing herself as a total unifier, Madam Beatrice Owusu said she was able to unify the Kwabre West constituency at the time factionalism was rife among executives and supporters.