by Frederick E. Aggrey
The former New Patriotic Party (NPP) First Vice Chairman, Stephen Ntim, has called on the delegates to give him the nod this time round, to enable him put into motion his ideas and plans for the party, which he has been nurturing all this while, to enable him break the jinx of a political party leading government for eight years, just eight years.
According to him, he has been very loyal to the party, and as NPP has adopted a tradition of rewarding loyalty and dedication, it is his time to accord him the same privilege as well.
Speaking at the national launch of his campaign for the chairmanship race at the Accra International Press Center on May 15th, 2018, the aspiring candidate touted the numerous achievements of the ruling New Patriotic Party within less than two years in office, some of which include (but not limited to) the flagship Free Senior High School (SHS) implementation, Planting for Food and Jobs, payment of trainee allowances, putting the economy on a sound footing, payment of statutory arrears, and many more, describing the achievements as remarkable and unmatched.
He further stated that his relationship and partnership with the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, is so strong and resilient that it is a sure bet to ensure victory for the party in the 2020 elections and beyond, committing to do even more to ensure victory for the party in all elections, under his chairmanship.
He cited the Chinese economic success story and pledged to support a similar role in Ghana to help the government achieve the same success.
He admitted that the economic empowerment of the party members was very important, and pledged to empower them in that regard. He intends to pursue an intensive sustainable welfare package, involving the aged and the vulnerable, that would see to the welfare needs of party members.
He indicated that under his Chairmanship, he would institutionalise visitations to the founding members and elders of the party. This has become necessary due to the seeming neglect of some of the elders who had served party – Obaa Yaa Afrifa, Malik Alhassan Yakubu, C. K Tedam, Serwaa Oppong, Abrefi, Odoi Sikes, Professor and Mrs. Sai, Prince Oppong, Harruna Esseku, J.H. Mensah, and Mr. Kojo Antwi Adjei.
According to the aspirant, it is important to increase the membership of the party to ensure cemented victory in all elections. He would, therefore, pursue effective grassroots mobilisation that would increase the membership base of the party.
With a slogan of “One Team, One Family, One Party, The Unifier, Mr. Ntim revealed that the ruling NPP party must dictate the course of national discussions and not allow the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to dictate same. To that end, he would institute an audit into the communication structure of the party, and ascertain which areas they need to be resourced, in order to make them stronger.
He paid tribute to the gallant NPP soldiers who lost their lives in the course of the struggle.