J.H. Mensah calls for unity in NPP
Sunyani (Brong Ahafo Region) - The Senior Minister, Joseph Henry Mensah, has stressed the need for NPP functionaries at the ward, constituency and regional levels to close their ranks and intensify their campaign to enable the party to chalk a landslide victory in the 2004 general elections.
He advised them not to take chances because individual members of the NDC are bent on using their influence on the electorate to recapture power in 2004. Mensah made the call when he observed the election of new executive members for the Sunyani East constituency of the NPP in Sunyani at the weekend.
He said the NDC is on the verge of collapse because the party is being judged on its past record and actions. Mensah, who is also the MP for Sunyani East, cited the imprisonment of Mrs Cotton by a US court for duping Ghana to the tune of $22m, in connivance with the NDC, as a typical example of the previous government?s misrule.
He said the NDC is doomed forever and expressed optimism that the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions, considered as the ?World Bank? of the NDC, would fall to the NPP, come the 2004 elections.
Mensah stated that one of the cardinal objectives of the NPP government is to develop the rural areas to an appreciable standard, reduce poverty and create wealth among the people as a measure of halting the rural-urban drift of the population.
The Senior Minister stressed that the government is taking realistic measures to rebuild the national economy which was destroyed by the NDC and, therefore, urged Ghanaians to exercise restraint, since the improvement in the economy will reflect in their pockets in no time.
Harona Esseku, National Chairman of the NPP, advised NPP activists, functionaries and supporters to be tolerant and submissive, adding that they should eschew pride, arrogance and intimidation of their political opponents in order to win more souls for the party.
He implored them to give practical support to the Vice-President?s efforts to eradicate indiscipline from the Ghanaian society because without discipline, the government?s national reconstruction programme will not yield any dividend. Esseku urged members of the party to use laid down procedures in the party?s constitution to resolve their grievances, without resorting to legal action.
He emphasised that the campaign for the 2004 general elections has started and, therefore, enjoined them to work hard so as to retain the party in power. Kwadwo Yeboah Fordjour, Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the NPP, gave the assurance that the party is poised to reign for 16 years because of its good governance.
He, therefore, called on the party members to refrain from petty party squabbles and other negative attitudes that have the potential to disintegrate the party.
In the election itself, eight out of the nine constituency executive retained their positions. The incumbent Chairman, Thomas Adu Gyamfi, a transport owner, beat his challenger, Joseph Oppong Asare, by 60 votes to 37, while the current Secretary, Kwabena Asante Gyabaa, defeated Adusei Opoku Boakye, by 58 votes to 40 to retain his post.
The other executive who retained their posts are Sulemana Dauda - First-Vice-Chairman, Madam Florence Lovely Adomah - Treasurer, Kwame Kyeremeh - Organiser, Kwadwo Adubofour Sarpong - Assistant Secretary, Isaac Nsiah Badiako - Youth Organiser, Madam Faustina Nyarko - Women?s Organiser. The only former executive who lost her post as the Second Vice-Chairman was Madam Felicia Appiah, who was beaten by Kwame Adu Boateng.