FRANCES ASSIAM, second vice chairman of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), has confirmed to DAILY GUIDE that she has resigned from her party ostensibly to campaign for Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The hitherto DFP political goddess, in her defection, pulled along several members of the party and together they have formed a movement known as 'Campaign For Effective Leadership', through which they intend to woo floating and unaligned voters into the NPP.
At the time of filing this report, DFP deep-throats indicated that the party's national executive is likely to be hit by more resignations in the course of this week.
Madam Assiam, in her resignation letter to the DFP dated October 16, 2008, said the decision was based on her belief in Nana Addo's 'I Believe in Ghana' message; his record as a human rights activist and lover of democracy as well as his unparalleled leadership attributes.
“We are not card-bearing members of the NPP but have bought into the party's message and manifesto and would campaign for Nana Addo all across the country to ensure he wins the December polls and we would not be deterred by what people would say.
“I believe this country is above party politics and political ideologies; it is about development, peace, freedom and able leadership; it is about peace, justice, the rule of law and good governance.
“When Nana Addo wins, we can go to our graves very satisfied that Ghana is on the right course,” Madam Assiam stated during an interview with DAILY GUIDE.
She mentioned that during the recent presidential debate and symposium organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and the Editors' Forum respectively, Nana Akufo-Addo proved by his presentations that he was on top of the challenges confronting Ghana.
“Nana Akufo-Addo, unlike the others, gave facts and figures when explaining how exactly he intends to tackle the challenges and even gave the cost and the duration.
“This man has always believed in Ghana and his very life-story is a testimony to what he says he believes in and we would campaign for him,” Madam Assiam posited.
She said the NPP government under President Kufuor had introduced some of the best policies Ghana has ever had and since a Nana Addo presidency would be building upon the Kufuor legacy, it would be prudent to give him that chance.
Frances Assiam mentioned the Capitation Grant and free school feeding programme as some of such policies which Nana Addo had promised to build upon and ensure that the Capitation Grant is extended to cover the Senior High Schools as well.
Frances Assiam, prior to joining the DFP was a staunch executive member of the Rawlings-founded National Democratic Congress (NDC).
She was however literally flogged out of the party by leather-whip wielding thugs following her persistent disagreements with the founders of the party over an apparent lack of internal democracy in the NDC.
By Halifax Ansah-Addo