General News of 2014-06-23

NPP ready to govern despite challenges – Freddie Blay

The first Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay has dismissed claims that the party is not ready to govern the nation due to the frequent internal wrangling it is experiencing.

Some security personnel hired to guard the party’s headquarters in Asylum Down clashed with old security guards on Monday.

The clash occurred when the old guards prevented the new guards from taking over their duties because according to them, they were not informed about the new arrangement.

On Eyewitness News, Mr. Blay also dismissed assertions that the NPP is currently in crisis, explaining that the sheer magnitude of the party makes it susceptible to challenges “in terms of administration, policies and even control of the party.”

He indicated that the leadership of the party is taking steps to ensure they are in absolute control so as to curtail some of these challenges.

According to him, it is no big deal for a party member to take the party to court, adding that it would have been very much appreciated if party members did not proceed to court with party matters, but “if it happens, I don’t think based on that you come to the conclusion that the party is not capable of taking over power.”

Mr. Blay insisted that Ghanaians should not describe the party’s challenges as “a crisis and I will not say it is a power struggle that has affected the leadership because of a change of guards.”

“Don’t interpret that to mean there is a big crisis in our party that we cannot contain or we cannot stand it; that is not the case,” he maintained.

He urged supporters and sympathizers of the party to “relax” and support the party, but “if they are not supporting the party, they should go ahead and rejoice. Maybe they think that will be the end of the party; it won’t happen.”