THE current plot being hatched by some self-seeking Ashanti regional executives of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to prevent some potential members who want to contest the upcoming parliamentary primaries has sparked tension, division and confusion within the party in the region.
The current sinister plot was hatched by some Ashanti regional executives with some sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) who fear they may lose their positions to new potential candidates who want to contest them in the upcoming parliamentary primaries.
But this decision has vehemently been condemned by pro-NPP youth group in the Ashanti Region—Patriotic Youth Alliance.
At a press conference which was addressed by the spokesperson for Patriotic Youth Alliance, Mr Thomas Boakye in Kumasi yesterday, the group noted they were not happy about the undemocratic happenings in “our party in the Ashanti Region, and described them as completely unacceptable and offensive to the sensibilities of the NPP.”
According to Mr Boakye, the democratic principles of NPP tradition enjoin fairness in the party.
“That means we cannot allow a situation where some are deliberately excluded or disadvantaged. In the ongoing primaries there must be no sacred cows. All must be subjected to the same tests and standards.”
He recalled that the founders of the NPP like J.B. Danquah and Busia all subjected themselves to the open selection process of our electorate.
“So did Victor Owusu, Adu Boahen, J.A. Kufuor and the current President.
“That is not in our tradition. We cannot usurp the authority vested in our delegates by our party constitution as the body that selects or elects our leaders and candidates for us,” Mr Boakye noted.
He continued that “Our cardinal belief is in the collective wisdom of our people in the expression of their popular wishes. Outside this collective, there are no individuals so wise, all seeing, all knowing to arrogate unto themselves the right to make such decisions for us.”
“That is why we insist that no potential candidate be denied the first step in the primary process for such an untimely move will prove suicidal to our electoral fortunes.
According him, the NPP constitution makes it clear in Article 12 how parliamentary candidates of the party should be selected.
He noted that this article spells out that the selection of parliamentary candidates shall be advertised for 18 months prior to the date of the national election, provided that it shall be advertised for one (1) month in the constituency.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU