General News of 2014-04-18

Personal interest, over ambition can kill NPP - Sam Okudzeto cautions

Veteran lawyer and politician, Sam Okudzeto, has cautioned New Patriotic Party (NPP) of members who are over ambitious and seeking personal interest to the detriment of the collective party goal.

He believes defeat will be staring NPP in the face if members who intend contest as flagbearers do not support the candidate selected to lead the party in the 2016 general elections.

“The problem with the NPP is that, there seem to be factionalism and too much ambition as everybody wants to lead. You cannot have two kings at a time,” he remarked.

Speaking to Afia Pokua on Adom/Asempa FM’s Burning Issues on how the party can manage factionalism and introduce a stronger candidate for 2016, he suggested that it was in NPP’s interest to iron out all differences among the rank and file of the party.

Meanwhile, Lawyer Sam Okudzeto disagreed with the assertion that Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyerematen have “hijacked” the party and needed to make way for new faces.

According to him, elsewhere, leaders have emerged after losing elections, therefore, the calls for new faces for the party is a non-starter.

“If people want Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyerematen step aside to make way for new faces due to rivalry, they will, and this will collapse the party,” Lawyer Okudzeto said.

He urged competition among potential candidates for NPP to deepen democracy on which the party thrives.

Meanwhile, a former Executive Chairman of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), Dr. Amoako Tuffuor, urged party members to bury their differences and unite to give the National Democratic Congress (NDC) a stiffer competition in the next general elections.

He believes the extent of damage does not matter in uniting the factions in the party.

Dr. Amoako Tuffuor also urged candidates who are aspiring to bear the party’s flag to support anyone who emerges as flagbearer ahead of the 2016 elections.

Source: adomonline
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