Politics Thu, 21 Jul 2005

CPP and PNC leaders re-affirm commitment to merger

Kumasi, July 21, GNA - Leaders of the Convention People's Party (CPP) and People's National convention (PNC) have re-affirmed their commitment to the realisation of the unity of the two parties into a formidable one.

Dr Edmund Delle, Chairman of CPP and Dr Edward Mahama, flagbearer of the PNC, who gave this assurance, said there was the need for all the fragmented groups of the Nkrumaist family to merge into one solid family.

The two leaders were addressing the Ashanti regional executive of the two parties at a sensitisation rally in Kumasi on Wednesday as part of the on-going talks for a merger.

"With a united front, we can pursue the philosophy, vision and ideals of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah to build a dynamic political party for national reconstruction", Dr Delle said.

He said the two parties were still holding talks on issues like the governing constitution, name and symbol for the united party and hinted that a congress would be held after all the knotty points had been resolved to declare and officially announce the merger. Dr Delle therefore, entreated the rank and file of the two parties to resolve to compromise on their differences to enable them present a vibrant front.

Dr Mahama called on well-meaning Nkrumaists to eschew personal agenda, divisiveness, disrespect for party discipline and direction that posed serious challenges to the unification of the Nkrumaist family. "Faced with a nation being torn apart by negative approach to national affairs, it is only a united Nkrumaist party with a focus that is needed to bring back hope to save the masses". He said since the 2004 general elections, it had dawned heavily on the leadership of the two parties to take positive steps towards unification as a measure to pursue a common vision and ideology.

Source: GNA