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01.12.2007 Politics

Mike Ocquaye`s mixed grill

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Professor Mike Oquaye, a presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said there would be no cause for an alarm, when the party releases the final list of the aspirants.

He said “Everything that the vetting committee does is in the interest of the party because the party elected them. I can't comment on the work of the committee and the outcome of the vetting would be accepted in good faith”.

In an interview with ADM, Prof. Oquaye said this is not the first time the party is going through the vetting process to assess aspirants.

He said the committee is made up of mature and well known party faithful who have been with the party for a while and know the rules and regulations of the party and abide by them.

Prof. Oquaye said the house to house campaign strategy adopted by the aspirant of the New Democratic Congress ((NDC) is not new to the NPP because in 1992 the party used a similar strategy. “Anybody who says house to house campaign is a new strategy brought by the NDC flagbearer is a liar and is deceiving his or her own self”, he said.

Prof. Oquaye said in 2004, when he was contesting for the parliamentary election one of the strategies he used was the house to house campaign and he will continue to use that when elected as the party's presidential candidate.

He said he will adopt a strategy called “mixed grill” campaign which would comprise town hall meetings and house to house meetings. Others would include main and mini rallies and meeting student groups at both secondary and tertiary institutions.

Professor Oquaye said he would organize formal and informal media gatherings whereby he would meet with the journalists in the country to interact and deliberate on issues relating to the development of the country.

He said looking at the service rendered to the party and the country as a whole he is incomparable and therefore should be given the mandate to lead the party to victory in 2008.

He urged the delegates to examine and compare the aspirants very well before they make any decision and the right decision for them to make is to elect him as the presidential candidate of the party.

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