The Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah, has affirmed that her party will not enter into a merger with either the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) or the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in spite of perceptions that her party is threatened with extinction.
According to her, the NDC and NPP had, for the past 20 years, pursued programmes that had not made a meaningful impact on the lives of the Ghanaian.
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Speaking on Joy FM Thursday, the immediate-past Member of Parliament for the Jomoro constituency in the Western Region said “the two big parties have, in the last 20 years, listened to advices and implemented programmes that have not worked.”
“We are not interested in joining one big party to save our skin…If we gave away our principles then we have no mission, then there is no need for us to exist…Ghanaians don’t want us to disappear or be submerged in one of the big parties,” she emphasised.
The daughter of Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, also declared that the CPP would only consider a merger with a political party that shared the ideologies of her late father, namely serious policies on industrialisation that would lead to economic transformation.
Any party that met those conditions, she said, would be considered for a merger.
Ms Nkrumah, who is on a mission to re-brand the CPP ahead of the 2016 general election, said the party was currently in talks with parties that shared in Nkrumah’s ideas – the Peoples’ National Convention and the Great Consolidated Popular Party, among others – for a possible merger that would produce a solid front and help the party recapture power.
She was confident that the CPP, which once produced the country’s first President, would bounce back and recapture political power and continue Dr Nkrumah’s programmes.