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16.05.2005 Politics

Nkrumaist parties asked to adopt neutral symbol

By GNA

Tamale, May 16, GNA - Mr Albert Atutiga, Acting Northern Regional chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP) on Monday proposed the adoption and use of a neutral symbol by Nkrumaist parties for the interest of true unity.

"The adoption and use of a neutral symbol would solve the current misunderstanding between some members of the parties about the use of the PNC party symbol", he told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Tamale.

Mr Atutiga held that the use of the PNC symbol was causing confusion among some party members at the national level to the detriment of the growth of unity parties. "We in the Northern region are united and we support the use of the PNC party symbol, but if others do not agree with the use of the symbol, I suggest we go for a neutral one and forget the rest of the symbols," he reiterated.

The acting chairman said he received reliable information from Accra indicating that some Nkrumaists were still against the use of the PNC party symbol and advised them not to worry about it because "symbols do not win elections."

He called on the leadership to reach an agreement on the issue before the 2008 elections in order to ensure Nkrumaists victory, adding that a united Nkrumaist party remains the only alternative to the NPP. He said the NPP did not win the two elections because of its elephant symbol but because of its manifesto and good human relations. "If symbols will win elections the NPP would have lost because the elephant is a fearful animal, which no one will like get close to," he stressed.

Mr Atutiga said what was important was for Nkrumaists to work tirelessly to strengthen the unity and take advantage of the weaknesses and failures of the NPP to win the 2008 elections.

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