CPP Will Shine In 2008 — Aggudey
The Presidential candidate of the Convention People's Party (CPP) in Election 2004, Mr George Aggudey, has said the 2008 general elections presents the party with the finest opportunity to win political power.
This is because the policies of both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which had managed the country since the inauguration of the Fourth Republic, had worsened the plight of the people.
Addressing a section of constituency executives and rank and file of the party at Tarkwa in the Western Region, to thank them for steadfastly rallying behind him and the CPP in the last elections, Mr Aggudey appealed to them not to allow opponents of the party to bait them with material and financial inducements.
According to him, the CPP was the only political party with the track record of establishing a sound material base that led to the creation of wealth during the First Republic and therefore, implored them to arm themselves with real knowledge about such achievements and disseminate them among the vast majority of the people.
“ Comrades, there are a lot of positive developments that the CPP can show for its management of the economy between 1951 and 1966 , and it is therefore your individual and collective responsibility to ensure that the electorate, especially the youth ,appreciate the achievements of the party and what it stood for in Ghana and Africa,” Mr Aggudey said.
He said the disillusionment that had characterised the activities of the people due to bad economic policies since 1992 had resulted in the deterioration in their living conditions.
Mr Aggudey described as ironical the situation where the NDC and NPP promised the people “ heaven but failed to lift them even a millimetre above the earth crust,”
The Election 2004 CPP presidential candidate said it was only a CPP government that could ensure improvement in the social conditions of the people by instituting measures that would give the economy a veritable lifeline.
He catalogued the myriad of problems that confronted the party prior to the conduct of the 2004 Presidential election, which, he said, were self-inflicted.
“ How do you explain the situation where a section of the so-called leading personalities identified, and openly idolised and rooted for the presidential candidates of the NPP and the NDC at the expense of the party's own candidate”, Mr Aggudey querried.
The Election 2004 CPP presidential candidate , however, advised them not to be despaired of the inability of the party to win the last elections since “ we were our own enemies; some of us openly campaigned against the presidential candidate of the CPP”.
Mr Aggudey urged them to start organising themselves at the polling station levels and gave the assurance that he was still committed to the aspirations of the party.
“ I will continue to assist the CPP in whatever capacity I find myself between now and the next general elections,” he said.