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21.11.2008 Elections

Nduom's Man Quits

By Daily Guide
Nduom's Man Quits

For the Convention People's Party (CPP) and its flagbearer, it never rains but it pours, as the political grouping grapples with the resignation of Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom's campaign chairman.

The resignation of Eric Kwabena Benyarko as Campaign Chairman of Dr. Nduom's presidential bid, has dealt a big blow to the party a day after the Youth Organiser, Kwabena Bomfeh, popularly called Kabila openly accused the CPP flagbearer of pursuing his personal agenda by negotiating for positions from the two leading parties.

Mr Benyarko, a member of 'The Patriot', a pressure group within the party, resigned his position in a letter sent to the national chairman, Ladi Nylander.

Citing what he described as “operational administrative challenges”, the timing of the resignation of this top ranking CPP executive is set to reverse the recent gains made by the flagbearer especially during the presidential debate series in both Accra and Tamale.

Political observers have regarded the development as a manifestation of the inherent challenges simmering in the party in the countdown to the December 7 polls.

He repeated the charge of absence of coordination in the activities of the CPP machinery as reasons for his action, a concern raised earlier by the party's youth organizer, Kabila.

The campaign chairman's action is stretching the flagbearer beyond his seams, having been earlier challenged by the party youth organizer to come clear of an allegation that he had been negotiating with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Some elders of the party have expressed concern about the beginning of what appears to be a downward slide of the party, which had earlier showed utmost promise.

With little resources at its disposal, the CPP should not be engaged in such petty squabbles, one of the elders who craved anonymity said.

Continuing, the elder said negative publicity like the one which is beginning to dawn on the party will not take the CPP anywhere.

The National Youth Organiser of the party, Kwabena Bomfreh Jnr, whose letter of complaints made the headlines a couple of days ago, has added to the woes of the CPP and  Dr. Nduom.

The youth organizer decried the party's inability to organize an efficient fundraising activity to remedy the poor financial state of the party.

His straight-to-the-point letter also bemoaned the non-existence of the party at various levels across the country, adding that Dr. Nduom was not involving certain officials in the campaign efforts.

Kwabena Bomfeh asked rhetorically about the whereabouts of party stalwarts like Dr. Delle, Prof Dowuona, Nii Moi Thompson, Aggudey, and Prof Agyeman Badu Akosa among others.

“I do not think party business can be about just an individual, it is team work that wins elections. The campaign has been personalized, all about Dr. Nduom and no one else,” he charged.

Some of the aforementioned personalities were part of a team inaugurated by Dr. Nduom to support his cause.

During the inauguration, he said that the  team, as a blend of competent people with good corporate and professional experience, will do a good job and turn the  fortunes of the party around.

By A.R. Gomda