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19.10.2005 NPP News

NPP is still strong - Solomon

By GNA
NPP is still strong - Solomon
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Accra, Oct 19, GNA - Mr Richard Oblitey Solomon, Greater Accra First Vice Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party on Wednesday (NPP) said the party was as solid as ever.

He said, "the party is not burning as people wanted to paint it. It is only that people are being excited to hold offices in the party. "It is inherent in man to aim at a certain position in any given human society and sometimes if one was not satisfied with what he or she got one tended to feel that the rule did not favour him or her which sometimes leads to protests", Mr Solomon told the GNA in an interview Accra on some current events in the party.

"We must confess that there are pockets of disaffections but one cannot draw a common strand between them and we are doing our best to solve the problems as they come up."

He said at the moment six constituencies - Weija, Ledzokuku, Odododiodoo, Krowor, Abokobi-Madina and Okaikwei North all have cases in court bordering on different issues.

"What is happening in the party is normal and it happens in any grouping, be it political or non-political where people jostle for power.

"In the case of the NPP in the Greater Accra region, people are enthusiastic in their quest to win power, forgetting that the party has structures and a constitution that stipulates how elections are to be conducted from the polling station to the constituency level. "It is when they come face to face with this reality that they begin to create the impression that all is not well." Mr Solomon said.

Mr Solomon, a legal practitioner who would be seeking the party's Chairmanship slot at the Regional Delegates Conference on November 5, said the party has the structures to deal with most of the problems without anyone having to resort to the law court to seek redress. Mr Solomon said 19 out of the 27 constituencies in the region had held Constituency Delegate Conferences and that another Delegates Conference would be held to elect executives for the Adenta constituency on Thursday (tomorrow).

"Most people think the problems coming up have to do with selection of delegates for the various constituency elections in readiness for the Regional conferences but that is not wholly the truth "In the case of Odododiodoo, the plaintiffs are demanding the resignation of the whole constituency executives as they tenure of office has elapsed.

He assured all that though the party is bisect with these court cases the regional executives are working assiduously to have the cases resolved within the party structures. Mr Solomon revealed that they have so far succeeded in some fronts like in the Weija constituency where the case has now been taken out of court and in Ledzokuku the plaintiff was referred to resort to party structures to have it resolved.

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