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26.11.2007 NPP News

NPP WONT SPLIT •After Congress

By Daily Guide
NPP WONT SPLIT •After Congress

New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Chairman, Peter Mac Manu has stated that those who hold the opinion that the party would split after the December 22 delegates' congress were living in dreamland.

He assured skeptics, especially in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), that NPP would be stronger after the congress.

According to Mr Mac Manu, NPP as the fastest growing political party in Africa, understands internal democracy, pointing out that 18 presidential aspirants were only exhibiting the party's internal democratic mechanism.

"All those with wishful thinking that NPP will split soon after its congress thus paving the way for any political party, especially NDC to come to power are day-dreamers.

It will never happen and I want to assure them that NPP is for third successive electoral victory come December 2008," he emphasized at a rally organised by central regional branch in Cape Coast on Saturday.

It was under the theme, “The Clarion Call, Unity for the Third Successive Term-Victory 2008", and was attended by thousands of people from all walks of life including women and children dressed in party paraphernalia and T-shirts of the various presidential aspirants.

The chairman observed that NPP was a party for today, tomorrow and forever, adding that all structures needed for the sustainability of the party at the grassroots level have been put in place and are working perfectly.

Mr Mac Manu noted that all the previous victories of the party had been on merit and not on any foul means as being speculated by the NDC.

"Political parties do not declare election results. It is only the Electoral Commission which has been mandated to do that, so NDC should stop accusing our great party of rigging elections," he stated.

He explained that hard work, commitment and dedication have injected strong spirit into the party, moving it from strength to strength.

The NDC, he said, has a lot to learn from the NPP.
The NPP chairman asked party supporters to educate the masses on good programmes and policies of the government.

Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, MP for Assin North, clutching a holy bible asked the large gathering to endeavour to read Matthew chapter 12:25 as a guide when they got back home, and told the presidential aspirants to educate their supporters not to engage in campaigns of calumny and insults.

Hon Agyapong urged the aspirants to engage in issue-oriented campaigns and rally round the eventual winner at the December congress.

The General Secretary, Nana Ohene Ntow, called on Ghanaians to thank God for using NPP to deliver them out of agony and the tyrannical rule of the NDC.

Nana Ntow said even though price of petroleum keeps increasing, the economic situation in the country has remained stable, attributing it to sound economic management of the NPP.

He urged Ghanaians to recognise the performance of NPP and vote for it come 2008 general election.

A presidential aspirant, Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko stated that NPP will rule the country for the next 50 years and more due to its brilliant performance.

Mr Agyarko therefore called for unity among the top hierarchy so as to be able to achieve their aim of handing over power to another NPP government in the 2008 elections.

He also encouraged foot soldiers to be steadfast and hold high the banner of the party.

Six of the NPP presidential aspirants who stormed the rally grounds promised to support whoever wins at the December congress.

They contended that, they were all aware that it was only one person who would eventually become the winner in the contest.

“Every candidate qualifies to lead the party. We will make our resources and ideas available to him and the party at large to ensure sweet victory.

We the aspirants believe that there is no country with 18 presidents; only one person will win the flagbearership position hence the need to support whoever wins," they said.

The aspirants were Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Boakye Kyeremanten Agyarko, Prof Mike Oquaye, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang and Felix Owusu-Adjapong.

Other speakers at the rally were Mrs Agnes Okudzeto, NPP Vice Chairperson; Mrs Mary Adu Boahene, wife of the late Professor Albert Adu Boahene; Professor Dominic Fobih, Minister of Education, Science and Sports and Stephen Asamoah Boateng, Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations.

Earlier, a float was held through the principal streets of Cape Coast where supporters of various presidential aspirants showcased their support through drumming and dancing which ended with a big rally at the Victoria Park.

Thousands of supporters drawn from all the 19 constituencies in the region, attended the rally.

From Sarah Afful, Cape Coast