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20.11.2008 Elections

Nduom exposes `fifth columnists` in CPP

By Bismark Bebli - Ghanaian Chronicle

WITH LESS than three weeks for the general elections, the flagbearer of the Convention People's Party (CPP) has vowed that he will have no truck with traitors within the CPP who are hell bent on ditching the CPP and pawn it off to the highest bidder.

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom yesterday got shirty at news that the Youth Organizer of the party, Mr. Kwabena Domfeh, had alleged, in a widely circulated letter, that Dr. Nduom had secretly sought for the position of Finance Minister in a New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, and gone round to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to call 'for a ceasefire on the SFO report, plus the Ministry of Local Government portfolio'.

He told Peace FM that he would never have anything to do with either the NDC or the NPP, and vowed that he would never seek a position with the two main parties, either today or tomorrow.

'You can call President Kufuor or anybody to check with them if I have gone to see them. It will never happen,' he swore, on the radio station yesterday.

Domfeh alleged that Dr. Nduom's son had come down to hijack the campaign in the Central Region without the knowledge or involvement of the National Organiser and the Tesschart representatives.

'My son came to support my campaign with his own car and resources,' and enumerated the parliamentary candidates he was supporting with T-shirts, posters, and some resources, something that the Women's Organiser also stressed was missing in the CPP.

'We have only seven pick ups in the party, and no resources. As Women's Organizer, I should have a car allocated to me. There is none,' claimed Hajia Hamdatu.

Dr. Nduom and Messrs Ampofo went on the counter-offensive on various stations – JoyFM, citiFM - yesterday denying the allegations. They claimed that the presidential candidate had been very resourceful and supportive of aspiring parliamentary candidates.

According to Hajia Hamdatu, the party was being run by one-and-a-half man show, and stressed that the organisers of the party had not been resourced by the candidate as he said.

She said currently the seven vehicles that were for the party, were mostly broken down, making it difficult for the organisers to campaign effectively.

Her argument was in corroboration with the assertions of the National Youth Organiser, Mr. Bomfeh, through his confidential statement titled, “Straight Talk.”

The National Youth Organiser insisted, in a chat with this paper on telephone, that he had evidence to prove that Dr. Nduom had been compromising the party's position with a view of lobbying for Minister of Finance And Economic Planning, under the regime of Nana Akufo-Addo, and Minister of Local Government and Rural Development under the reign of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.

Quizzed on his source, he said, “I don't talk without facts. Just as you the journalists have sources for your information, so do I also have my sources within the political parties.”

In his statement, which has been rubbished by Mr. David Ampofo, Campaign Strategist for Dr. Nduom, Mr. Bomfeh, in his premise stated, “I write to bring to your attention some developments I have observed in our party, that can have very damning consequences on our growth and existence as a strong political vehicle, that places the welfare of people paramount to the everything else, and the vanguard of our nation's sovereignty.”

Mr. Bomfeh, who vented his frustrations over why he was sidelined in various organisational activities, noted that such issues among others ought to be addressed by the National Chairman, Mr. Ladi Nylander.

The CPP National Youth Organiser raised issues of why, Mr. George Aggudey, Prof. Nii Noi Dowuona, Dr. Edmund Delle, Prof. Agyemang Badu Akosa and a host party big wigs were not seen at various functions of the CPP.

According to him, the campaign had been personalised, and that it was all about Dr, Nduom and no one else.

“Lastly, the flagbearer seems to be all by himself in this battle, as a result of poor planning, lack of coordination and weak leadership. Our parliamentary candidates have been left on their own to fight for survival.”

Dr. Nduom was of the view that the current position taken by his National Youth Organiser, was just an attempt to destroy the ongoing campaign, and announced that Dr. Nii Moi Thompson had just left for a United Nations appointment, and Professor Akosa told them that he had urgent business in the UK just after the CPP congress.

The officials of the party expected Nduom to buy them lunch and feeding bottles, plus perfume as well, said an Nduom supporter, stating that the people do not want to dip their hands in their pockets to feed themselves.