Agona West NPP needs a unifying chairman

Author: Gilbert Mawuli Agbey
Mr Victor Benjamin Aggrey
Mr Victor Benjamin Aggrey

An aspiring Agona West Constituency Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on delegates of the party to vote massively for him in the upcoming constituency election to ensure unity in the party.

According to him, it was an open secret that there was serious division in the party, particularly among the leadership in the constituency, which was having a negative effect on the fortunes of the party.

He has, therefore, made a passionate appeal to members of the party with voting rights to vote for a new personality who would bring all the feuding parties together for the growth and development of the party.

He noted that failure on the part of the members of the party to vote for him as the next chairman of the party would spell doom for the NPP since it would worsen the already serious divisions in the party which had even transcended to the grassroots level.

Declaration of intent

Mr Victor Benjamin Aggrey, 48, an Agona Swedru-based businessman, said the NPP needed a new chairman capable of resolving all differences within the party, adding that: ‘What the NPP needs now is someone who will work to ensure unity in the party.”

Mr Aggrey contested the chairmanship position in the last constituency election but lost to Mr Kojo Addo, the current Chairman of the party.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic last Monday to declare his intention to contest the chairmanship position, he indicated that the major problem that always confronted the party anytime it won power was division among party executives, Member of Parliament (MP) and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).

He noted that that fragmented front of the party was an impediment to party cohesion which had retarded the progress of the municipality for the ultimate benefit of the citizenry.

He mentioned that since 2000, anytime the party was in power, the party hierarchy, due to their differences, always failed to come together to work in the interest of the party, preventing the municipality from achieving the desired progress.

Citing an example, he said though the constituency was considered a stronghold of the party in the Central Region, disunity between the former MP, Mr Samuel K. Obodai, and the party executives at the time led to the MP’s defeat in the 2012 election.

Smoke peace pipe

Mr Aggrey stressed that when elected as the constituency chairman, he would as soon as possible ensure that the MP for the area, Mrs Cynthia Morrison, and the MCE, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, smoked the peace pipe so that in unity, they could champion the growth of the municipality.

He, therefore, called on members of the party to elect him as the next chairman for the party to enjoy lasting peace, adding that: ‘As part of my vision, I will also work to improve the welfare of the party members so that they will continue to work for the party to retain power in the 2020 election.