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23.10.2008 Politics

MP kicks against 'independent candidate' concept

By The Statesman

The Member of Parliament for Atwima Mponua, Isaac Asamoah Tuesday expressed concern about the way the so-called "Independent candidate' concept is allowed to creep into the New Patriotic Party with impurity. 

This, he said, looked very dangerous for the party and until it was checked and the perpetrators brought to book, it might destroy the party's chances of winning elections. 

Addressing an NPP youth leadership meeting at Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Mr. Asamoah called on the NPP top hierarchy to sit up and do what is within their powers to deal with the situation, saying that it must be wiped out completely before it is too late. 

 He said people must be made to respect the laws of the party and do what is right, adding, 'We must all behave well and respect the supremacy of the party.'

Steve Anwah, a youth activist, urged members of the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy who form part of the NPP foot soldiers, not to allow monetary gains to influence the cause they had been charting. 

He said whether there is money or not his colleagues must move on, urging that they must from house to house to deliver the message to the electorate and win massive votes for the NPP in the December elections. 

John Boadu, NPP National Youth Organizer, reminded the youth that their contribution towards the advancement of the country"s democracy was very important, while stressing that the focal point should be discipline and respect for authority at all times. 

 He made reference to the health status of the NDC flagbearer, John Evans Atta Mills, and said 'the work of a President is different from the classroom work.'

He said a President must be healthy to be able to move around the country.  Touching on Ghana's economy, Mr. Boadu said the NPP government had expanded the size of the national economy thereby making it possible for individuals to also expand their businesses. 

He urged NPP members not to regard the threats and alleged adoption of juju by the NDC, and push their agenda forward.

Maxwell Blagodze, the Volta Region youth leader, gave the assurance that things were changing for the better for the NPP in the region. 

He recalled that in 1992 NPP supporters in the region where stoned at rallies.  In 1996, he said, the stoning stopped and resorted to hooting, 'and today they have also stopped the hooting and requesting for NPP T-Shirts.'

Alhaji Yussif Yona, Eastern Regional Youth Organizer of NPP, assured his colleagues that the NPP would capture 26 out of the 28 seats in the region. 

The Upper West Regional youth leader, Bin Salley, explained that people in the region became supporters of the NDC for the simple reason that it was that party that created the region and provided it with electricity. 

He said things were changing for the better because of the Tamale-Bamboi trunk road which is being rehabilitated by the NPP government.

Bryn Acheampong, the disqualified Suhum NPP Parliamentary aspirant who chaired the function, told the youth leaders that the NPP was looking up to them for total victory in the December elections, and pleaded with them to put in more efforts to win more voters.