An aspiring presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Isaac Osei, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Subin Constituency, has stated that if elected as flagbearer, he would unite, revamp and build the structures of the party for a resounding victory in the 2012 general elections.
He therefore asked delegates to vote for a dynamic, visionary and winsome presidential candidate of his caliber to turn the fortunes of the party round and to put the country on a sound economic footing.
Launching his campaign at Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region last Friday, Hon. Osei was hopeful that he would win the race at the party's national delegates' conference.
“I intend to revamp the party and build its structures into vibrant, functioning, professional and business-oriented entities. Our core administrative machinery at the party's secretariat should be headed by a professional management expert selected on determined criteria,” he stressed.
The 59-year-old former Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom said if given the nod, he would empower the youth and raise their expectations and ambitions by establishing a Youth Empowerment Development Policy in Ghana.
He promised to lead to party to victory in the next general elections and create equal opportunities for its members by ensuring that the cherished values of the founding fathers of the party such as justice, fairness and solidarity are maintained.
Hon. Osei, whose speech was greeted with intermittent applause, pointed out that the party was facing a leadership crisis as a result of binary division of loyalties which, according to him, was undermining its integrity.
He therefore stated categorically that there was no need for people to pitch camp with either Alan Kyerematen or Nana Akufo Addo, adding, “I belong to every party member and I am 59 years now and so during the 2012 elections I will be 62 years, the same age that Ghanaians gave President Kufuor the mandate to become President of Ghana.
“Alan is younger than me and Nana Akufo-Addo is older than me so I will neutralize the Nana or Alan camps.
“We shouldn't do politics by saying I am the oldest in the party, but we need a committed, visionary leader who can do the job and do it perfectly; a presidential candidate who can surely win the 2012 general elections and that candidate is Isaac Osei.”
He revealed that the party needed a total overhaul of its leadership which, according to him, was effected during the party's polling station, constituency, regional and national executives elections, stressing that “the flagbearership slot is no exception.”
The humble but eloquent politician disclosed that his experience in local and international economics, politics, business consultancy, as well as expertise on multilateral trading system would be brought to bear on the country's economy if given the nod as the party's flagbearer for the 2012 general elections.
Hon. Osei, who confirmed that his mother was an Ahanta from Dixcove in the Western Region, noted that the on-going Kajebil Cocoa Warehousing Project, construction of roads in the cocoa growing areas, housing scheme for cocoa farmers were all his “babies.”
“I will not engage in the politics of insults, but if you give me the nod to become the next president of this country, the numerous resources in the Western Region will be properly harnessed and it will be transformed totally", he assured.
Nana Owusu Ankomah, Western Regional Chairman of the NPP, said Hon. Osei had assisted the regional branch of the party both materially and financially, adding that “it was incumbent on the delegates to assess all potential presidential candidates before electing the most suitable one for the party.”
He disclosed that the party lost the 2008 elections because of internal wrangling in some polling stations and entreated party members to remain united and committed since the signs were clear that the NPP would win the 2012 elections
Samuel Johnfiah, MP for Ahanta West Constituency, said Hon. Osei had proved his mettle socially, economically and politically so the delegates should try him in 2012 general elections.
On her part, Catherine Afeku, MP for Evalue-Gwira said vigorous organization and commitment by members were paramount in winning the next general elections.
Alhaji Bamba Woara, Constituency Secretary for Subin Constituency in the Ashanti Region, called on delegates to vote for Hon. Osei considering his commitment, humility and experience
“Do not follow money and toy with your votes,” he added.
From Sam Mark Essien, Agona Nkwanta