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05.03.2009 CPP News

Volta CPP to strengthen structures … in preparation for 2012

By Samuel Agbewode, Ho - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Volta region branch of the Convention People's Party (CPP) has identified the inability of the party to strengthen its structures, as well as internal wrangling as the major factors that contributed to its poor performance in the 2008 general elections.

According to the Regional executives of the party, the CPP was putting in place measures and an effective strategy to reunite the members as part of preparation towards the 2012 elections.

The Regional Chairman of the party, Mr. Prince Ahiadzro who made this known to The Chronicle in Ho, recounted the institution of a legal action against him and the Regional Secretary, Mr. Mark Adjetey Sowah by party members, challenging their eligibility as executive office holders in the region. This, he noted, largely affected the image of the party, although a Ho High Court gave judgment in their favour.

Mr. Ahiadzro noted that the humiliation suffered by the CPP in the last election does not mean that it can not win future elections. To him, it was the lack of adequate preparation and unity among members that contributed to the defeat.

He said the Volta region branch of the party was making frantic efforts to hold a regional congress, where the various executives would be elected, including officers at the constituency level to enable the party start revamping its structures, to attract the electorate in the next general elections.

He said it was unfortunate that in the 2008 elections, the CPP in the Volta region did not engage in any vigorous campaign due to litigations and in-fighting. Ahiadzro pointed out that the defeat of the party should not be blamed on any particular person but on all members of the party.

He said the party could wrestle power from the NDC in the next elections if members would forgive one another, noting that it was only through reconciliation that the party could grow. He called for the review of the party's constitution and to organize an early National congress to elect a flag bearer for the party, ahead of the 2012 general elections.

Mr. Ahiadzro explained that this would enable the CPP to have adequate time to market the Presidential candidate. He contended that such steps would go a long way to allow Ghanaians to make informed decisions as to which of the candidates of the various political parties they would vote for.