Takoradi, Nov.26 GNA - Dr Edmund Delle, National Chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP) has re-emphasised that unity among the fragmented Nkrumahist political parties was the only means by which they could gain power to turn the country's dwindling fortunes around. He assured supporters and sympathisers that the present leadership "means real business" and would not fail them in the quest to win political power once again.
Dr Delle was opening a day's workshop on political party organisation for more than 100 delegates from the 23 constituencies of the party in the Western Region in Takoradi on Saturday. The party, he said would always accept criticisms that would make it stronger than to divide it and added that the clarion call for its followers now was to rally solidly behind the party leadership. Dr Delle called on members to do away with negative perceptions that the party was weak and cash strapped and said that funds and other resources for party activities would be no problem if the "badly needed unity" was achieved.
"The youth and particularly women are our greatest assets. Let us come together first and after that money and other resources would follow", he emphasised.
Professor Nii Noi Dowuana, CPP General Secretary said similar workshops had been planned for delegates in the rest of the regions to sharpen their organisational skills since "organisation decides everything".
He attributed the dismal performance of the party in previous elections to inadequate political education for the rank and file and said the workshops would help to build the party into a winsome one. "Through these workshops, we shall build the image of the party and make it rediscover the magic of the CPP".
The CPP General Secretary told the delegates that they should not lose hope but have the confidence that the party would grow to become a formidable side and reminded them that the ruling NPP was in opposition for 30 years before winning political power.
He advised members to avoid bickering, backbiting and the tendency to destroy those in leadership positions. Mr William Owusu Akyeampong, Acting West ern Regional Chairman, welcoming the delegates said the electorate was ready to give their mandate to the CPP.
What was important now was for the party to put its house in order and rebuild its weak structures to enable it to embark on serious membership drive.