A group of electoral area coordinators and polling station executives of the NPP in the Northern Region has thrown its weight behind Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu for his recent comments on the next flagbearer of the NPP.
The Majority Leader, earlier in the week, said it would be unwise for the NPP to select another Akan flagbearer after President Akufo-Addo and former President J.A Kufuor, with his reason being that it would reinforce the perception about the NPP as an Akan party
At a press conference held in Tamale, the group said the views shared by Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has resonated well within NPP circles and will help dismantle tribal propaganda against the NPP by its opponents, hence their support of it.
“This view has resonated so well with the greater majority of our party faithful and we will like to wholeheartedly associate our self with it. The history of our flagbearership position since 1992 has played into the propaganda label of the NPP by our main opponent the NDC as an Akan party,” the group said.
“In 1992, we presented a distinguished scholar of our tradition, the Professor Adu Boahen from the Eastern Region. In 1996, 2000, 2004, we presented His Excellency John Agyekum Kufour from the Ashanti Region and in 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020, we presented His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from the Eastern Region.”
“This has made it increasingly difficult for us at the base level to canvass for votes for our party in non-Akan areas of this country. In spite of this phenomenon, it should be heartwarming to all and sundry particularly us in this part of the country to welcome a party project that promotes diversified leadership in the party from the assertion that the NPP is an Akan party.”
The group added that this background makes it imperative to welcome the views shared by the Majority Leader.
“There is therefore a moral imperative to showcase to the rest of the country, the truly diversified nature of the NPP tradition and the best way to do so is to elect a non-Akan flagbearer for the NPP going into the 2024 general elections”
“As Electoral Area Coordinators and Polling Station Executives, we serve as the principal grassroot mobilization force for this party and we know how debilitating the dubious propaganda of our friends in the NDC has been.”
The Northern Region NPP coordinators and polling station executives also called out a group they described as phony, for attacking the majority leader for his views.
The group, calling itself the Concerned Northern Grassroots of NPP disagreed and attacked the Majority, but the electoral area coordinators said the group is not known within the NPP at all levels in the region.
“This press conference is called by the Electoral Area Coordinators and Polling Station Executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the northern region to briefly respond to a phony group called CONCERN NORTHERN GRASSROOT OF NPP.”
“As Electoral Area Coordinators and Polling Station Executives, our checks reveal that this group is unknown to the party at all levels of its structures in the region.”
“We are therefore surprised at their first public event, they choose to fight the course of the NPP rather than advance it.”
Below is a copy of the press statement:
Source: Daily Mail GH