Let’s re-strategize to win 2016 elections – NPP Chairman

Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey - NPP Chairman
Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey – NPP Chairman

Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), on Wednesday appealed to followers of the party to put the past behind and re-strategize to win the 2016 general election.

He said the silence that greeted the Supreme Court verdict on the 2012 presidential election petition was an indication that the chunk of the voting population was not satisfied with the ruling.

Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey said this when he addressed the Brong-Ahafo Regional and constituency executives of the party at a thanksgiving tour at Abesim, near Sunyani.

He said the NPP leadership recognized and appreciated the loyalty and hard work of all party followers in the 2012 election and urged all supporters not to give up.

Mr  Obetsebi-Lamptey told the executives that the NPP remained a strong democratic party and that they ought to ensure that followers and party activists in their constituencies guarded against tendencies that could destabilise the nation.

He said as the strongest and vibrant opposition party, members of the NPP needed to show interest in government business and give constructive critisms whenever necessary for accelerated national development.

Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, NPP 2012 Presidential running-mate, said internal wrangling and petty squabbles would affect the fortune of the party in 2016.

He said with a unity of purpose the party would be able to regain power and advised the followers to bury their differences and guard against factionalism and petty backbiting.

Dr Bawumia appealed to supporters not to allow the Supreme Court verdict to discourage them but rather learn lessons from the 2012 general election.

Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, NPP General Secretary, directed all the regional and constituency executives to submit reports on the diverse problems the party was facing in their areas within two weeks.

This, he explained, would enable the leadership to get abreast with those problems and find lasting solutions to them.

He appealed to all members and followers of the party to be decorous and be more responsive and guard against attacking personalities of opponent political parties.

Mr Afriyie said the best party followers could do was to sell the ideology and philosophy of the NPP to the electorate to enable them make informed choices during general elections.

Otiko Afisa Djaba, NPP National Women Organizer, said the NPP remained a strong party under a great elephant and no effort could frustrate the leadership of the party.

She advised the party followers to bury their differences and forge ahead in unity as well as identify and tackle the diverse problems that faced the party.

Mr Kwadwo Ameyaw-Cheremeh, Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman of NPP, said now that the party had no flagbearer, the National Chairman held the key leadership position.

Source: GNA

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