NPP Organizer Wages War Against 'Vote Buying'
THE UPPER East Regional Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Mahammoud Mahama, has entreated the NPP presidential hopefuls who are determined to influence the delegates with monies or other means, to reconsider their actions since the "members of the party will not compromise the party's tradition and history for selfish gains."
He however implored the party members to stand firm and look out for not only competent but marketable and a winning candidate who could facilitate the party's third successive victory, come 2008.
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Mr. Mahammoud, who said this in an interview with The Chronicle, observed that some presidential aspirants had tried influencing some of the party executives, at all levels with sums of monies, soliciting their support, which he described as "unacceptable and alien to the party."
"It's obvious that the aspirants may go round the country and campaign, but if you believe in yourself that you are a competent, marketable and a winning material for the party's presidential candidacy, why waste money unnecessarily", he quizzed.
Pointing out what was an unacceptable form of campaign, the Regional Organizer noted that pouring out monies to win delegates' favour was not the best form of campaign but presenting a convincing message instead.
Mr. Mahammoud said, "despite all those monies, some presidential aspirants may give to delegates, if aspirants are not known to be part and parcel of the tradition and history of the party, they may be hardly recognized by the delegates let alone voting for them."
"In fact, there is no chance for even the highest bidder if he or she does not prove to be part of the NPP tradition and history", he emphasized.
He consequently advised the presidential aspirants to channel their resources to the party's coffers for effective building and development of the party at the grassroot levels, especially at places where the party had been performing poorly, instead of throwing them about.
The Regional Organizer also stressed the need for the presidential hopefuls to establish and maintain very good rapport with President John Agyekum Kufuor, reiterating, "Because the 'Kufuor Magic' will still help come 2008."