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03.03.2009 CPP News

CPP should forget 2012… and concentrate on grassroots organization

By David Alan Painstil Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Cape Coast Constituency Secretary of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Mr. Aidan Adongo has called on the party's hierarchy and executives to concentrate on building a solid foundation for the party, rather than throwing their weight behind presidential candidates for the 2012 general elections.

Speaking to The Chronicle on Friday, Adongo express worry about the way and manner that some CPP Regional executives from the Central Region were moving for the retention of Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom as the flag bearer of the party for 2012 elections.

He said it was premature for any such media gimmicks to start since the party has to do more work at the grassroots level to build on the gains made so far by the party.

Adongo acknowledged the fact that the party's fortunes dwindled with Dr. Nduom as presidential candidate, owing to poor grassroots structures which the party played down on.

According to him, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana, won elections owing to proper party structures at the grassroots level and asked them to take a cue from it.

“If what the Central Regional executive is saying is anything to go by, then Dr. Edward Mahama of PNC, Mr. Ward Brew of DPP and Dan Lartey of GCPP would have probably become President a long time ago”, the aggrieved Constituency Secretary said.

“The pivot of the CPP organization should be the common man and not presidential candidate's because Dr. Nkrumah made it clear that the revolutionary initiative of the masses can move mountains”, he added. His comments come in the wake of agitation by some Central Regional executives of CPP that Dr. Nduom should be given the chance to run for the presidential slot on the ticket of the party in 2012.