Mr Joseph Ade Kobina Coker, Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Regional Chairmen’s Caucus, on Saturday appealed to party loyalists aspiring for any executive portfolio to be decorous during their campaign for the position.
“Intra-party contest irrespective of the level; at ward, constituency, regional and national should be fought for within the tenets of the party’s constitution.
“Each aspirant must be circumspect, decorous, respect all opposing views and above all avoid character assassination…Anything short of these (will) open the party up for attack from outsiders,” he said.
Mr Ade Coker who is also the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, made the appeal in an interview with Ghana News Agency, to set the pace for the NDC’s National Delegates Congress.
He said although the national executives are yet to officially outline a timetable for the election of officers; some aspirants have started underground movements to project themselves.
“Such projections are good provided it project the positive image of the party. We must always remember that we are a party in government, our actions and inactions have the potential of affecting our fortunes in general election.
“All aspirants must therefore be guided by the supreme interest of the party to build a society, which realizes truly human values based on the full mobilisation of the talents and energies of our people and the sustainable development of the resources with which nature has generously endowed us.”
Mr Ade Coker noted that the NDC stands for stability and development; therefore every party member should ensure the unity of the party at all times.
He noted that in view of recent development each member must defend the name of the party as well as its decisions; and faithfully implement all lawful decisions of the party and must be a model for freedom, justice and accountability.
The NDC Regional Chairman urged supporters to show loyalty to the party at all times and ensure that any confidential matters of the political entity are not divulged to unauthorised persons.
He said the process of discussing purely internal party issues in the public domain must stop.
“We have internal mechanism for redress, which must be exploited first,” he explained.
Mr Ade Coker also appealed to national and regional executives to continue to dialogue with members on general issues, remove all antagonistic road barricades and create opportunity for the flow of information.