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15.11.2005 General News

Nduom loses confidence in CPP Leaders

By GNA
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Accra, Nov 15, GNA - Dr Kwesi Nduom, a leading member of the Convention People's Party (CPP), has ''issued a vote of no confidence'' in the current leadership of the party, saying it was time to explore other possibilities besides what the current leadership was offering.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency immediately after the inconclusive National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party, he said he was disappointed with the manner the leadership of the party handled matters especially the NEC meeting on the unity talks. ''They have proved their inability to bring to a logical conclusion discussions on a pertinent issue such as the unity talks.''

''All our members showed great enthusiasm. The youth from all over the country were represented and the ground had been prepared for a full discussion. But the Chairman and his colleagues announced that the discussions on the unity with PNC were inconclusive and ended the meeting abruptly."

Dr Nduom, who is also the Minister of State in charge of Public Sector Reforms, said what the leadership should have done was to conclude the meeting.

He said their inability to do this demonstrated the failure of the leadership.

"It is of great concern that when people decide to merge they are given the opportunity to take that decision whether for or against unity."

"The performance of the leadership is not the best. It is difficult to be led by such persons. It is a blot on the record of the CPP."

Dr Nduom expressed regret about the way things were done in the past where several unity talks and mergers fell through during periods leading to elections and that this was disastrous to the party. Dr Nduom said he was no longer prepared to have such leadership string the membership along as in the past and weaken the party at election time.

On the way forward, Dr Nduom said it was time to consider other options for the party.

"We have to start organizing from the ground all over again for an alternative," Dr Nduom said.

He called for like-minded people from the two sides of the Nkrumaist tradition to get together to present a new image with the same ideology and policy option the CPP stands for.

"What happened today was virtually the last straw," Dr Nduom said. He said Ghana needed another party that could provide the alternative to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) so that Ghana could benefit.

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