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14.03.2004 General News

Work hard to vote NPP out of power - Dr Aryeh

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Kumasi, March 14, GNA - Dr Josiah Aryeh, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has called on all members and sympathisers of the party to work hard in bringing the NDC to power since as he put it, "the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is already feeling jittery of being voted out of power in this year's elections". "Having failed to deliver on its campaign promises, we in the main opposition only need to put our house in order to ensure a landslide victory for the NDC", he stated.

Dr Aryeh was speaking at a forum of the Social Science Students Society of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) dubbed: "Consolidating Ghana's Democracy" in Kumasi at the weekend.

The forum was aimed at affording political leaders the opportunity to explain their manifestoes and policies to the students. Dr Aryeh further entreated the party's sympathisers to strive to seek and pursue the overall interest of the party and not individual interests.

The NDC General Secretary said as a social democratic party, which believed in constitutional continuity, the NDC's leadership would work towards bringing both old and new faces together in ensuring the way forward for the party.

Dr Edward Mahama, the People's National Convention (PNC) leader, called on supporters of political parties in the country to be tolerant of divergent views.

He also cautioned party leaders to desist from acts that could invite their supporters to rise against their opponents, adding, "party functionaries must explain their manifestoes to the electorate when they mount political platforms rather than resorting to the trading of insults."

Mr F.A. Jantuah, a lawyer and staunch member of the Convention People's Party (CPP), advised the youth to be abreast with Dr Kwame Nkrumah's ideologies and policies, which were the only panacea to the socio-economic hardships of the nation.

Mr Yaw Sarpong Boateng, President of the Social Science Students Society, urged political parties to intensify their educational campaigns on the need for their members to tolerate opposing views.

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