The National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party(NPP)Lord Commey,has stated that the arrest of the party's Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North, Mr Eric Amoateng, in the United States for drug trafficking,is an eye opener that would guide the party in the future selection of people to represent it in various capacities.
He said this during an interaction with media practitioners in Kumasi. He noted that during the party's primary for the selection of the 2004 parliamentary candidate, the Nkoranza North results were delayed because of the many allegations levelled against the MP and some others.
He said because the allegations could not be substantiated after lengthy deliberations and investigations, the party had no choice but to give Eric Amoateng the nod to stand on the ticket of the party for the elections.
Responding to a question as to whether the NPP would still resort to the strategy of sending projects to areas ahead of by-elections,Commey said those instances were coincidental.
“It just happened that any time there was a by-election, it clashed with the development agenda of the districts”, he said,noting that the fact that there was a by-election in an area did not mean government programmes in that area must be stalled.
Commey,who is seeking re-election as the National Organiser of the party,said his re-election would be the renewal of the bond of friendship that existed between the party and himself.
According to him,he has an unfinished business,and that was to make sure that the NPP administration handed over power to another NPP administration.
Commey also expressed optimism that through hard work and with the requisite party structures in place,the dream of winning the 2008 general election would surely come to pass.
He urged media practitioners to play their roles professionally to help foster the young democracy of the country,adding “democracy thrives when there is a very professional and dynamic media”.