A Member of the youth wing of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Mr Thomas Abroni, has said the victory of the CPP candidate, Amadu Moses Yahaya, in the Kumbungu by-election has proved the point that the CPP is still strong and alive.
According to him, Mr Yahaya’s victory indicated renewed hope and activism in the CPP and set out an order of vivid direction of its ideology in Ghanaian politics.
In his view, the CPP, the vehicle that once led the people of the then Gold Coast into independence, had always been what was usually recommended for restructuring the country.
He said one could simply adduce that the by-election in Kumbungu which brought about Mr Yahaya’s election pointed to some level of seriousness on the part of the Samia-led administration.
That victory, Mr Abroni said, had surprised many political commentators and certainly the NDC, which was still wondering how the CPP was able to beat it in the contest.
He said despite the political slander, victimisation and machinations by some people, it could nowhere be argued that the CPP was dead after a national campaign team led by the National Chairperson and Leader, Samia Nkrumah, relentlessly presented a strong message to the people of Kumbungu a few days before the by-election.
He said all the electorate in Kumbungu had one thing in common, despite their political differences, saying, “The common thing among them, whether they were previously NDC or NPP, was that they listened to the message of the CPP. Many confirmed that the message was what, for years, these so-called big parties have not been able to provide.”
Mr Abroni said the CPP candidate was popular and a dedicated member of the community.
“Deep throats in both the NDC and the NPP attest to the fact that the radical campaign by the CPP in a well-organised manner led it to victory. The youth of the party campaigned in all corners of the constituency by interacting with the different sections of the people on the party’s clear-cut message for social change. It was stated that they articulated clearly Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s hope for Ghana to various people, irrespective of class, body size, dress, age or sex,” he said.
Mr Yahaya polled 13,039 votes, while his strongest contender, Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu of the NDC, had 11,896 votes when the Electoral Commission declared the final results.
“Now that the CPP has again found a seat in Ghana’s Parliament, it will be good for all to help support the party to present a credible Nkrumaist political position on policy matters, since there are indications of another mal-administration by the NDC under President John Mahama,” Mr Abroni stated.
It would be recalled that in January, this year, Ms Nkrumah tabled a five-point programme of transformation for the party’s reconstruction, following its poor performance in the 2012 general election.
A key point has to do with entrusting more responsibilities to the CPP youth in carrying out this programme of transformation. The youth have since been highly effective in the activities of the party, not even to talk about their role in the Kumbungu by-election.