[ 2012-06-17 ]
NPP Members Cautioned Against Complacency
A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
in Brong Ahafo, Mr Frank Adjapong, has cautioned
party members against complacency and called for
an intensive campaign for an overwhelming victory
in the upcoming December polls.
He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an
interview in Sunyani, that from all indications;
the NPP would win the general election but was
quick to add, “this shouldn’t make us over
Mr Adjapong, who once contested for the regional
chairmanship of the party but was defeated,
emphasized that internal wrangling, backbiting and
petty squabbles that existed within the rank and
file of the party should be avoided.
These problems, he noted caused the party dearly
in the 2008 general election and advised members
of the party to demonstrate unity of purpose and
tackle those challenges for total victory.
Mr Adjapong said victory for Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo, the 2012 presidential candidate for
the NPP,was victory for all and that “under no
circumstance should any member of the party
harbour anything against the choice of Dr.
Mahamudu Bawumia, an economist, as the running
mate in the elections”.
He reiterated that the government had lost focus,
saying now that many of the citizenry had realised
the mistake they made by voting for the National
Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2008, the NPP should
sell their ideologies and philosophies upon which
the party was formed to the electorate.
Mr Adjapong noted with concern that for the past
three and half years, the NDC had no realistic
legacy to base their campaigns for the votes of
“If we refuse to tell the public about what we
did, the NDC would capitalise on that and take
credit for some of our policies such as the
National Health Insurance Scheme, school feeding
programme, free maternal delivery and National
Youth Employment Programme”, he stated.
Mr Adjapong said the only way the NPP could
capture power was for members, sympathisers and
activists to campaign with dynamism and vigour to
be able to reach the electorate, especially those
at the grassroots.
In a related development, Mr Joseph Kumah, NPP
aspiring parliamentary candidate for Sene West
Constituency, appealed to supporters of the party
to guard against statements that could mar the
He told the GNA that the NPP was poised to win the
elections and this could be so if the general
election was held in an atmosphere of peace and
Mr Kumah, who is the International Manager of
Media Savvy Training Solutions in the United
Kingdom, emphasised that all members and
supporters of the NPP should endeavour to be
tolerant even at the extreme provocation from
He said supporters of the NPP should be wary that
because the NDC knew it would lose the election,
the party had adopted strategies to provoke the
NPP so that confusion would erupt and mar the
If this happened, the government could capitalise
on that to use the state machinery to rig the
election, Mr Kumah observed.
He appealed to the voters, especially those in the
Sene West Constituency, to vote for him and Nana
Akufo-Addo as the area was still underdeveloped
and lacked basic amenities because of the poor
leadership of Mr Twumasi Appiah, the incumbent
Member of Parliament for the constituency.
Mr Kumah advised the various political parties to
embrace and jealously preserve the prevailing
peace since the international community regarded
the 2012 general election as a test of Ghana’s
Source - GNA
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