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20.02.2009 NPP News

NPP Executives Abandon Party

By Daily Guide
NPP Executives Abandon Party

Yaw Mort A FORMER CHAIRMAN of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Nabdam constituency in the Upper East region, Yaw Mort, has called for the dissolution of the existing Upper East Regional executive of the party, to prevent the party from disintegrating in the region before the 2012 general election.

According to him, the manner in which the executives immediately abandoned the party's activities in the region after it lost to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was frightening.

"Almost all of them have suddenly gone into hiding and their mobile phones are either switched off or they refuse to pick up their calls. This is not good for the image, development and the sustainability of a party which has just lost power. I am very sure they don't have the NPP at heart and must be made to go, to enable people who can grow the party to take over."

Mr. Mort, who over the years has been known as Alan Kyeremanteng's 'man', in a press statement, said the party would have performed very well had the existing executives been very committed to the cause of the party during the campaign period and after.

Other factors, he cited, included the failure of the executives to keep the party intact, their exhibition of a high level of greed, self-centeredness and lack of transparency in the application of party resources during the campaigns, as well as their inability to set up a counter intelligence machinery to monitor and check the secret and diabolical activities of some opposition elements, as those that worked against the party.

In the view of Mr. Mort, what made matters worse was the fact that the executives refused to open the party office since the declaration of the election results and had gone into "hiding" which amounts to vacating their post, adding that they also refused to regroup and appreciate the various stakeholders of the party at the regional level after the defeat of the party.

He therefore called on the executives to, as a matter of urgency, honourably step down for others who are ready to rally the party faithfully in readiness for victory in the 2012 elections to take over.

Mr. Mort further described the current executive as a group lacking vision and leadership strategies for the party in the region, for which reason they have not been able to hold meetings with party members since the party lost the 2008 elections to the NDC.

Meanwhile the Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP, Tahiru Issahaku Ahmed, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE in response to some issues raised by Yaw Mort, has expressed surprise at the conduct of the latter, saying if indeed he was a true party man, he would have rather come to the executives to point out their shortcomings and help to rectify them.

According to the Regional Chairman, the party office is undergoing renovation and that is why it is closed to the public, adding that most of the executives are workers and cannot be there all the time.

“The office has an Administrator who opens the office and sees to its running even in the absence of executive members, but she had been out of the office to attend to some family problems. I think we all have to let sleeping dogs lie, if not, we will end up washing our dirty linen outside.”

From Ebo Bruce-Quansah