NPP Flag CONTRARY TO rumours that the Volta Regional Branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has fallen apart due to the recent resignation of one of its leading members in the region, Dumega Raymond Okudzeto, the party is more united and seriously working towards 2012 elections, DAILY GUIDE has learnt.
The NPP Regional Chairman, Kenwuud Nuworsu, told DAILY GUIDE at Ho that considering how hard the party had worked only to be voted out of power, it has become necessary that “we re-organize ourselves to see us return to power come 2012.”
According to Mr. Nuworsu, the party cannot be divided because of the resignation of one person. He said the party is bigger than that and assured sympathizers that “we are united more than ever towards wrestling power from the NDC.”
Mr. Nuworsu said he was sad that Mr. Okudzeto had resigned at a time he should have stayed in the party to prove his commitment to its cause. “This is not the time to jump the poll. If someone is a true member of the party, this is the time to stay and not run away,” he stressed.
The commitment of anyone who would announce his resignation from the party “at this crucial time, needed to be questioned,” he said.
He therefore challenged Mr. Okudzeto not to leave the party at this time if he is truly committed to the cause of the NPP, as he has made the world to believe.
Mr. Nuworsu further accused Mr. Okudzeto of making the NPP unpopular in the region by interfering in the Anlo Chieftancy issue, making it look as if the entire party had something to do with the situation.
He continued that prior to the 2008 election, Mr. Okudzeto agitated the Anlo youth when he insulted them on Jubilee Radio, a local fm station, a situation he observed, further increased the plight of the party in the region.
He recalled that in 1992 nobody wanted to hear about the NPP in the region to the extent that some of them including Tommy Amematekpor, Courage Quashigah, Wisdom Yaovi Akabutu and himself were stoned at a rally at Anlo Kodzi, a suburb of Ho.
Mr. Nuworsu refuted allegations by Mr. Okudzeto that he had hijacked the party. He told this paper that considering the hardship he and others had gone through up till now, all in the name promoting the NPP in the region, he does not see why he should hijack the party; a situation he said would be detrimental to its progress.
“I have served in various capacities including Regional Youth Organizer, Regional Secretary, Regional Chairman, Acting Chairman and currently as Chairman. That should tell you my commitment to the growth of the party,” he said.
Mr. Nuworsu, who said he joined the party in his early twenties, making him the youngest founding member of the party from the region, added that he is ever committed to the cause of the NPP “whether in god or bad times.”
He alleged that Mr. Okudzeto joined the party in 2004 when the party was in power and so he found it shocking that he is leaving as soon as the party has left power. “How? He should be there to taste what it means to be in opposition and not only in the good times,” he challenged.
He further alleged that in 2005, Mr. Okudzeto sent the regional branch of the party to the law courts to prevent it from contesting in various national positions at the party's congress but the court questioned his representative capacity to sue the party, making him to doubt Mr. Okudzeto's commitment to the NPP in the region.
A party activist, Wisdom Yaovi Akabutu, also appealed to Mr. Okudzeto to stop dragging the name of the party in the mud and leave peacefully if he wants to.
According to him, some people have gone through difficult moments since 1992 to establish NPP in the region and therefore urged Mr. Okudzeto “not to use his four years with the party to make noise.”
From Wise Donkor, Ho