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25.06.2004 NPP News

NPP Condemns Illegal Groups

By Graphic

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reiterated that the party shall not tolerate the formation of false political organisations in its name.

“The national secretariat of the NPP wishes to reiterate its earlier publication that the activities any group of persons who congregate under any other banner in the name of the NPP, besides the duly recognised organs of the party, shall be considered illegal,” it said This was contained in a statement signed for the General Secretary of the party, Mr Dan Botwe, in Accra yesterday in reaction to a publication in which some past members of the TESCON leadership complained of shabby treatment meted out to them by the leadership of the party.

According to the statement , one should not consider himself or herself as a member of TESCON after completing school.“It is, therefore, illegal for a group of graduates to congregate and call themselves past TESCON leaders,” it said.

The statement said it expected graduates of tertiary institutions to join the party at the polling stations in their constituencies to work for its progress. It added that TESCON was an integral part of the Youth Wing and any person or group of persons who purports to organise in its name should seek the approval of the leadership of the Youth Wing.

The statement explained that the accusation that the national leadership denied others the opportunity to contribute to the progress of the party was a figment of the imagination of the organisers of the non-existent group.

“What they want is to be given titles with which they will go round and solicit support, whether in cash or in kind, from individuals and organisations in the name of the NPP.

If they want desperately to attain titles, let them contest for the constitutionally approved positions at the polling stations, constituency, regional and national levels,” it said.

The statement called on the “ so-called past TESCON leaders to put their shoulders to the wheel and stop seeking undue recognition for selfish gain”. It cautioned that the party would expose such characters if they did no desist from going round soliciting for financial and other forms of support in the name of the NPP.

“The national secretariat will be compelled to publish disclaimers about them with their names and pictures if they continue with their dastardly acts,” the statement said.

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