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25.04.2004 General News

Mac-Manu predicts failure of opposition alliance

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Essikadu (W/R), April 25, GNA- Mr. Peter Mac-Manu, Western Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Saturday said any alliance by the minority political parties that is not "grass-root based" is likely to fail.

He said the gains envisaged under the current alliance formed by some of the opposition parties in Accra without the consent and involvement of members from the "grass roots", would be a mirage.

Mr. Mac-Manu was speaking at the first constituency conference of the newly created Essikadu-Ketan Constituency of the party at Sekondi. He said the NPP would win 20 Parliamentary seats in the Western Region in the upcoming elections, and added that, the elections would not go into a second round.

Mr. Mac-Manu said the party recognises and relies on only dedicated and loyal members and sympathisers and would continue to rely on their support, integrity and loyalty to win landslide victory in the December elections.

He said the falsehood and other political manoeuvres being peddled in some circles, would fail to achieve the desired impact on the electorate since "Ghanaians voters only want to hear the truth and not lies".

Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Member of Parliament for Sekondi said the government would not do anything to frustrate the Electoral Commission (EC) but would rather strengthen it to enable it to perform its functions satisfactorily.

He said though government initially tried to assist the EC, in the procurement of essential materials, the minority was against this, but later turned round to blamed the government for some of the commission's lapses.

Papa Ankomah, who is also the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General said the country would benefit from additional funds from donors under the HIPC programme.

He said by December this year, all the ten regions, would have additional buses to augment their fleet of buses for the Metro Mass Transport (MMT) system.

He said there had been "Too much misinformation going around in the country", and advised all NPP party executives and members to rely solely on their national, regional and constituency executives for direction.

"We respect the rights and views of Ghanaians and will not do anything to destroy the good relationship that we have with the electorate", he said.