2016 flag-bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called on the youth in the party to make the PPP ‘great and successful.’
According to Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the PPP is not an ‘Nduom property,’ but a party founded for all Ghanaians and more importantly, for the youth of this country.
Dr. Nduom made the call on Saturday at Bolga in the Upper East Region when the PPP successfully held its 4th National Convention.
The theme for the convention was: “Election of MMDCEs for Rapid National Development.”
More than 2,000 party members and sympathisers attended the event.
Dr. Nduom, who has contested three presidential elections, indicated that now his task will be to encourage, support and educate young progressives to come to the front line of the party.
“I am now part of the older generation. My task now is to encourage, support and educate our young progressives to come to the front line of our party. The PPP is not Nduom’s property. It is our party. Now it is there for you the young people to make it great and successful,” said Dr. Nduom.
To this end, he urged party members to remain upbeat that soon the PPP will emerge victorious.
“Our commitment to building a united alternative to the NDC and the NPP is strong and without conditions,” he said.
Dr. Nduom also expressed optimism about the prospect of the PPP.
“…I am confident that our party will be successful. God willing and with good effort, PPP will be in Parliament. PPP will go to the Flagstaff house. And Ghana will see wonders! Ghana will become a strong and prosperous country,” he expressed.
The 2016 presidential candidate of the PPP used the occasion to thank all members of the party for their support and commitment.
“Thank you – I have not had the chance to thank you at a national gathering like this since the 2016 elections: the thousands of men and women mostly young people who sacrificed time and various opportunities to promote our 2016 campaign.”
Dr. Nduom used the occasion, once again, to lash out at the EC boss and others at the commission.
“To Charlotte Osei and others at the Electoral Commission, I say we will never forget your failed attempt to take away our freedom and our right to participate in the 2016 election. Yes you succeeded in sabotaging our campaign but in the end, we still stand tall. Never again should you dare to circumvent the laws that put you in office,” said Dr. Nduom.
He had some suggestions for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to Dr. Nduom, the PPP will continue to offer “ideas and support positive policies that will improve the lot of Ghanaians.
“But as citizens we reserve the right to criticise when we believe the situation calls for it,” he pointed out.
Against this background, he indicated that all the PPP wants is “equal opportunity for all Ghanaians.”
While stating that Free SHS was good, Dr. Nduom made it clear that it was not enough.
“What Ghana needs is free, compulsory and continuous education from kindergarten to the end of senior high school. And PPP will continue to push for it.”
And on the government’s one district one factory, he proposed that “We need organised infrastructure, industrial estates with water, roads, electricity and tax breaks to make the investments work.
…Remember Komenda Sugar Factory, Ayensu Starch Factory and others. We need critical mass not isolated investments. The Akans say, “Dua Kor gye ehum a obu”.
In the view of Dr. Nduom, promising the election of MMDCEs was good, but added that “you must take firm steps to implement it.
“…for the PPP, this is non-negotiable. You must make it possible for the people to elect the MMDCEs and the assembly members in 2019, before the 2020 elections. This is what will signal growth and prosperity in Ghana,” the 2016 PPP flag-bearer averred.
Story: Kwamena Ananse