The National Delegates Conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) came off at Koforidua over the weekend. New national officers were elected and given a four-year mandate to steer the affairs of the party into Election 2020.
The Chronicle wishes to congratulate the NPP for holding a successful Delegates Conference. To all the officers who were elected, The Chronicle believes the delegates have expressed the level of trust they have in them, and, therefore, they must return the goodwill by delivering on their mandate.
The presence of representatives of the opposition parties to give fraternal messages is also a demonstration of the strength of Ghana’s democracy. The organisers of the conference, the officers of the Electoral Commission, and the security detail must also be given a pat on the back for a job well done.
In congratulating the winners, we must also not forget all those who contested the elections, but did not triumph. The Chronicle applauds their competitive spirit before and during the elections, as well as their magnanimity in the face of defeat.
Much as The Chronicle sees the successfully organised delegates conference of the NPP as adding impetus to Ghana’s growing image as a bastion of democracy, we also wish to point out certain negative fallouts from the event.
Giving a solidarity message at the conference on Saturday, John Hayward, a representative of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, couldn’t have put it any better, when he questioned if this was really the best use of resources by a political party, referring to the ostentatious campaign he witnessed.
We are worried about the levels of profligacy and ostentation displayed by some aspirants in the campaign leading to the National Delegates Conference at Koforidua. The NPP must learn from the past if they want to win power in 2020. Internal party contests should not be an avenue to display extravagance, since Ghanaians are watching.
The Chronicle would like to remind the NPP about one of the major causes of the party’s humiliating defeat at the 2016 polls. It is alleged that the Prof. Kwesi Botchway report bemoaned the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) open ostentation that characterised the 2016 campaign, with huge sums of monies doled out to various mushroom campaign groups.
Our elders say ‘The tree that the spider climbed and crashed to his death, his son will not take a nap under the same tree.’
A word to the wise is enough!