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30.11.2011 CPP News

Central Region CPP Smells Hidden Agenda By Executives

By Shirley Asiedu-Addo - Daily Graphic
Mr Edu-Ansah (M) flanked by Ato Wilson (L), the Assistant Secretary and Nana Buckman, an executive member, addressing the pressMr Edu-Ansah (M) flanked by Ato Wilson (L), the Assistant Secretary and Nana Buckman, an executive member, addressing the press
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Central Regional branch of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) has said it smells a hidden agenda by the national leadership of the party with regard to the election of a flag bearer.

The Central Regional Executive said the activities and pronouncement of the leadership of the party were indicative that the leadership was not ready to elect a flag bearer any time soon.

That the executive said could largely affect the fortunes of the party in the 2012 elections.

The branch has, therefore, asked the leadership to work to hold the elections for the party’s flagbearership before December 13, 2011, to enable the party work to make strides in the 2012 general elections.

The Regional Chairman of the party, Mr Kwesi Edu-Ansah, who addressed the press in Cape Coast, said the branch was beginning to be suspicious, considering statements by some leaders of the party to the effect that the congress to elect a flag bearer would not

be held until next year.
He said the regional branch heard rumours that some members of the leadership of the party were working to ensure that the congress for the flagbearership was not held.

“When the current National Chairman came to the Central Region on her campaign trail, she was specifically asked whether these rumours were true but she categorically denied it. Is she breaking faith with us now?” he queried.

Mr Edu-Ansah said the branch found it unacceptable that the leadership of the party had given the party some conditions outlined in a memo to be met before the election of a flag bearer.

He indicated that the conditions included that strengthening of the party at all level, a launch of a membership drive and the resolution of disputes.

He further said the leadership of the party in the memo to the regional branches said the regional branches must make the party visible in the constituencies before the congress to elect the flag bearer.

“All the enumerated conditions are necessary for the party, but we find it difficult to see how a presidential campaign could negatively affect the membership drive or the opening of offices, etc.

Mr Edu-Ansah said the election of the flag bearer would strengthen the structures at the grassroots, help strengthen structures and prepare the party for the 2012 general elections.

“Who would want to donate money to a party that is not interested in winning the presidency,” he queried.

Mr Edu-ansah stressed that the regional executives were not at loggerheads with the leadership of the party but stressed that the regional executives would want to see that the right things and procedures were adhered to.

Mr Edu-Ansah also used the occasion to urge the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party to stop the politics of insults, adding that the situation poses a threat to peace in the nation.

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