PNC, CPP must join forces to build socialist organisation — Mornah

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Bernard Mornah

The General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Mr Bernard Mornah, has reiterated the need for the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and PNC to join forces in achieving the goal of building a true socialist organisation. 

He declared: “I am ready to abdicate my position as General Secretary of PNC in order that we achieve this goal.” But he also held the view that “it is not enough to build that mass socialist party. we must do so to win elections, assume the reins of power and be positioned to take control of our resources in order that we can liberate and unite Africa.”

He was speaking as the guest of honour to mark the 50th year of African Liberation in Accra recently. The event was organised by the CPP Youth League. 

Mr Mornah’s advocacy for building a mass socialist party that could take control of resources was centred on the notion that young people should not lose sight of the window of opportunity that lies in building a socialist party. 

While seeking the unity of CPP and PNC in this endeavour, he said that ‘only by assuming the reins of government through a mass socialist party, can we pursue  a course of action  that will alleviate the plight and suffering of our people’.

The PNC General Secretary also showed respect to the departed socialist and revolutionary icon of Latin America and the developing world, Commandante Hugo Chavez. 

Speaking on behalf of CPP youth, Mr Ernesto Yeboah, highlighted the importance of young people in Ghana involving themselves in the fight against exploitation and oppression in all forms through progressive study and activism. 

He reiterated the historical, political and constitutional impediments deliberately erected against the CPP, manifesting in the attack and seizure of the party’s asset which included the Ministry of Information building among others, since 1966. 

This, he said, had increased the challenges of the party’s quest for Africa’s economic freedom through continental unity.  

He  mentioned some of the legislations and decrees under the National Liberation Council, PNDC, NDC and NPP administrations that had held back the CPP and the country’s vision of total African unity.

The programme, which was jointly organised by the CPP Youth League and the Pan African Improvement Organisation (PANIO), took the form of a symposium where many speakers including Ernesto Yeboah (Dep. Youth Organiser), Madam Lucy Anin (former MP-1960-1966), PANIO representatives —Akili Secka, Sekou Nkrumah — and representatives from the AAPRP, Cuban and Zimbabwean embassies.

Many CPP members and sympathisers were  in attendance from various constituencies and from different towns.

African Liberation Day is one of the mass institutions created by the Pan-African Movement since its organisational form began in 1900 at the First Pan — African Conference in London, England.  It was originally called African Freedom Day, founded April 15, 1958 in Accra, Ghana by Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party government. 

Story: Kobby Asmah