General News Mon, 3 May 2004

Denounce Support For Kufuor - CPP to Nduom

The leadership of the Convention People?s Party is hoping Energy Minister Dr. Kwesi Nduom will publicly denounce his support for President Kufuor?s 2nd term bid in office.

The CPP is very unhappy with Dr. Nduom who plans to have another go at the seat of MP for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem constituency in December?s elections.

CPP national chairman Edmund Delle told JoyNews that Nduom?s public declaration of support for the presidential candidate of a rival party was an insult to the CPP.

?That the NPP has not backed Nduom is good riddance. He has not shown respect to the party and deserves what he has. How can you say you are a member of a political party with a presidential candidate and say you won?t vote for him but you will vote for someone else? It is a grievous mistake. Our constitution is clear. Any member of our party who works publicly against our interest must be sanctioned.?

Nduom has declared consistently that he will back President Kufuor?s bid for a second term because he feels the CPP has too much work to do before it can form a ruling government.

Political analysts say the NPP?s decision to filed a candidate in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem constituency which is occupied by the NDC is a stab in the back for Nduom.

But the NPP?s general secretary Dan Botwe defended the party?s decision. ?We asked NPP members interest in the seat to file for the primaries and Nduom didn?t. What is the argument? That because Nduom has served in the NPP government, everything should be stopped for him to become parliamentary candidate as a reward??

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