Future of NPP lies with Volta Region - NPP organiser

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, NPP National Chairman The Volta Regional Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Kenneth Kodzo Ayim, has said the future electoral fortunes of the party lies in the region.

According to him, the electoral history of the NPP in the Volta Region started in 1992 with four per cent, eight per cent in 1996 and currently about 15 per cent, thereby showing a promising increase for the future.

He said while some schools of thought were inclined to believe that the Volta Region was the least performing asset in the electoral fortunes of the party, evidence had shown to the contrary that the known strongholds of the party had peaked and were now registering dwindling fortunes in electoral output.

Mr Ayim said this after a flag-raising ceremony to herald the 21st anniversary of the founding of the NPP.

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He used the occasion to call on the media to endeavour to reach out to party executives who were in constant touch with the grass roots, instead of always calling on the elite in the party to throw light on matters that they lacked knowledge about.

According to him, the tendency of the media to always call on personalities such as Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby and Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe who clearly lacked the capacity to speak on matters of the party was unfortunate and denied Ghanaians the right to hear from those who mattered in the party.

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Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe’s name, he said, was not among the list of founder members of the party in the region and wondered the capacity in which he spoke on issues.

He assured the people of the region that the doors of the NPP were still open to all, saying the party had registered an impeccable record under the Presidency of  John A. Kufuor which recorded laudable policies and programmes such as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the school feeding programme, the capitation grant, the free Metro Mass bus rides for schoolchildren, the National Youth Employment Programme, among others.

Mr Ayim also asserted that the NPP had been the largest party since multi-party democracy started in 1992 because it was the only newly formed party with the largest base of supporters who were in the party for a genuine desire for the betterment of Ghana.

“The essence of multi-party democracy is to form an association in which like-minded people with a common belief come together to form a political party with the aim to win political power,”  he said, adding that the same could not be said of the NDC which could not have had a true group of committed persons.

The NPP, he said, could today boast having the largest Electoral College that took decisions for the party.

On peace, he said the celebrations the party had started were in peace and that was ample proof of its disposition to peace, adding, “As to why the day fell exactly a week away from the historic delivery of the verdict by the Supreme Court, those who believe in the supernatural should interpret things for themselves.”

Regional party stalwarts also met at the Ho Constituency office of the NPP to observe the day.

Present among them were the Ho Central NPP parliamentary candidate for 2012, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, and other executive members of the party.

By Victor Kwawukume/Daily Graphic/Ghana