With four days for the ruling New Patriotic Party to go to Congress to elect its Presidential Candidate for the 2008 general elections, various stakeholders continue to caution the delegates against making a wrong decision that will not be in the best interest of the party and the nation at large.
The latest caution comes from some leading members of the Tertiary Students Confederacy of the NPP, who have threatened that if the delegates allow themselves to be unduly influenced to "vote anyhow," then they can as well expect the youth activists to "work anyhow" during the electioneering campaign, something which will not be in the interest of the party.
"We want to remind the delegates about the fact that the mandate granted them to elect the party's flag bearer is not something personal that can be exercised anyhow, especially in pursuit of personal interest or to satisfy the parochial agenda of any individual or group.
"They are going to exercise the mandate on behalf of the entire rank and file of the party, and are therefore expected to do so in a very responsible manner," stated Dennis Kwakwa a leading member of the University of Cape Coast branch of Tescon.
Mr Kwakwa's position is also shared by Jeffery Adamson, Dorcas Danquah and Kojo Quainoo and Samuel Ampomah, all executive members
In separate interviews with The Statesman, they all cautioned the delegates to exercise the mandate given them to elect the party's flag bearer in the best interest of the party and the entire nation, by selecting a candidate who represents the popular choice of the rank and file of the party, as well as the generality of Ghanaians.
"If the delegates will be sincere with themselves and the party, they should now know who majority of the party's rank and file genuinely expect to emerge as the flag bearer. In their various localities they hear what the electorate and the party people are saying about the various aspirants and the threats they are issuing if they fail to give them the right man for the job.
"They will surely live to regret if they fail to listen to the popular voice of the masses and make any decision that has been unduly orchestrated to satisfy the interest of any individual or a group," Jeffery Adamson, the PRO of TESCON stated.
In the view of Ms Danquah, Deputy Women Organiser, what every sincere party activist expects the delegates to do on Saturday is to vote according to their conscience and not allow any monetary inducement to influence their choice of candidate.
"We have all given them the mandate to select our presidential candidate for us and we therefore expect them to select the best person that many of us expect to lead our party in the 2008 elections." Ms Danquah added.
By Kwabena Amankwah