Ban On Campaign Still In Force – NPP Gen. Sec
NPP’s General Secretary, John Boadu, last Wednesday sounded a word of caution to all aspirants, reminding them that campaigning towards various positions in the party remain banned.
He reminded party members that the ban against campaigning for various positions in the party is still in force and, therefore, incumbent on all aspirants to observe the rules and regulations as laid down by the party.
He reiterated the decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) to crack the whip on parliamentary and presidential aspirants found campaigning before the party officially opens its campaign season.
Addressing the Ashanti Regional Annual Delegates Conference at Akyawkrom, near Ejisu, last Wednesday, the General Secretary said any such activities would distract the focus of the President in delivering his mandate.
He has thus cautioned aspirants and their supporters to stop campaigning to avoid the intended sanctions, which could include prevention of the aspirant from contesting at all, suspension from the party, or withdrawal of membership.
Mr. Boadu assured that the National Executive Council would, at the appropriate time, open nominations for people who want to contest both the parliamentary and presidential positions to offer themselves to the people.
The theme for the one day-Conference was: “Joining forces to maintain power”.
Factionalism in the ruling party got more pronounced as the perceived presidential aspirants announced their ambitions by means of donations at the occasion.
Mr. John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, the Trades and Industry minister contributed GH¢200,000 towards the organisation of the one day-Conference.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also contributed GH¢200,000 while the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto donated GH¢100,000 with the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Osei Frema Opare reportedly contributed about GH¢160,000 towards the Conference, according to Chairman Wontumi.
Other donors included Former Ghana’s Ambassador, Edward Boateng, US$10,000 (GH¢60,000); Dr. Charles Dwamena (Dr. China) GH¢5,000, Mr. Stephen Asamoah Boateng (Asabee) – GH¢10,000; Abdallah Bandah Esq., GH¢5,000 and Henry Kwabena Kokofu – GH¢20,000 among others.
The Regional chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, who considers himself as the Grassroot Commander, urged delegates to choose executives who can help the party win power in 2024.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, hoped that with unity of purpose, the NPP could break the 8 years cycle and remain in power.
Meanwhile, Mr. Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, constituency chairman for Afigya Kwabre South, who enjoyed massive following and support at the Conference, has affirmed his decision to contest the Ashanti Regional chairmanship slot when the party opens nominations.
He said he would champion and give meaning to the slogan “Hope for Tomorrow” and care for the teeming followers of the party.
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