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17.11.2008 Elections

DFP Accepts Resignation, As More Members Defect

> DFP Accepts Resignation, As More Members Defect

The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has accepted the resignation of Ms Frances Awurabena Asiam from the party.

In a letter signed by Mr Kwaku Baah, National Chairman, the party said the Functional Executive Committee at its meeting on October 29 considered and accepted her resignation.

"It is pertinent, however, to state that the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) does not agree with your perception about the party as stated in your resignation letter."

The DFP thanked Ms Asiam “for the services you rendered to the party while you were a member”, and wished her well in her future engagement.

Ms Asiam joined a number of top leaders of the National Democratic Congress, including the former chairman, Dr Obed Asamoah, to form the DFP. She is now with the New Patriotic Party.

Until recently a vice chairperson of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), and now a campaigner for Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), she said she had no regret resigning from the DFP.

She said the DFP had no chance of winning the general election, hence her decision to pitch camp with Nana Akufo-Addo, who she described as a forerunner in the election.

The former DFP member now leads a campaign movement known as "Campaign for effective leadership”.

George Ernest Asare reports from Kumasi that the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the Democratic Freedom Party has also defected to the New Patriotic Party.

With only three weeks to the December Presidential and Parliamentary election, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the DFP Mr Opoku Mensah, had announced his resignation from the party with immediate effect to join the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

A statement issued and signed by Mr Opoku Mensah and copied to the Regional Secretariat of the DFP and all media houses in the Kumasi Metropolis hinted that the DFP was not a party that could lead Ghana to economic prosperity, hence his resignation to join the NPP, which he said had a lot of prospects to lead Ghana to socio-economic prosperity.

The letter, which was also copied to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP and Mr George Ayisi Boateng, a leading member of the NPP, described his union with the NPP as "home-coming".

In his resignation letter, Mr Opoku Mensah said he was determined to contribute " my quota to ensure that NPP government is retained in power because I believe that any party quite apart from NPP who wins power will put the country in doom economically, politically and socially".

"I wish to entreat every Ghanaian irrespective of one's tribe, religion and gender to join hands to follow Nana Addo's vision of ' Believe in Ghana' and vote massively for Nana and the NPP, so that Ghana will be the best place in sub-Saharan Africa to reside".

Mr Opoku Mensah described the NPP as a party with good moral values, formidable, visionary, and democratic and a sense of tradition designed to create avenue for Ghanaians to explore their potential to greater advantage.

He, however, cautioned the leadership of the NPP and their foot soldiers to avoid any form of complacency in their campaigns in the run-up to the December election “because we shall pay dearly if we allow our detractors to win political power from us”.

In a related development, the GNA reports that Madam Esther Serwaah, Treasurer of the Manhyia Constituency of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), and four other members of the party have defected to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).


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