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General News of Monday, 31 December 2007

Source: Daily Graphic

DFP for congress in March

The National Chairman of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Isakah, has stated that the party is building its structures in readiness for its national delegates congress in March 2008 to select its substantive national executive and a presidential candidate for the 2008 elections.

He said currently the party had interim ward and polling station constituency executives and was inaugurating all the 230 constituency executives who would form the delegates to the March congress.

Alhaji Isakah was speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic after the inauguration of the Ablekuma Central Constituency executive of the party in Accra on Saturday.

He stated that some prominent Ghanaians had indicated their interest in the flagbearership of the party but the decision to make such names known rested with the interested individuals and not the DFP.

He said it had become clear that most Ghanaians were dissatisfied with the NDC and the NPP and that DFP was the party that would offer a real positive change that would have direct impact on their lives.

"We are the only party in Ghana that has membership from all other political parties, we are also very transparent and have our doors open to any Ghanaian. We are ready to tap every available Ghanaian brain for the benefit of all," he added.

The Life Patron of the DFP, Dr Obed Yao Asamoah, stated that the party's main focus was to win political power and make life better for Ghanaians.

"The main focus of the DFP government would be reducing poverty, reducing unemployment, providing adequate health care, education and affordable housing, food and clothing," he said, and added that a "Green Revolution" would be the pivot of the DFP's development strategies.

He also announced that details of the programme would be unfolded in the party's manifesto, which would come out during the election of its flag bearer.

He reminded the party's supporters and members to bear in mind that in engaging in political discourse they must refrain from indulging in lies, vilification and threats against persons with different political parties.

"Ghana is now practising democracy and you must understand the implications of it. There must be a free contention of ideas. You must concentrate on issues, values and principles and not insults," Dr Asamoah advised.

He took a swipe at his critics who claim that the DFP was being funded from the funds he (Dr Asamoah) allegedly stole from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and at the same time claiming that the DFP was being also financed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

While describing the two allegations as false, he also challenged those who alleged that he stole money from the NDC to publish their claims or report the matter to the police for the appropriate investigations.

He also denied suggestions that he left the NDC because his bid to become the National Chairman was unsuccessful, and explained that if that had been the case he would have opted for the chairmanship position in the DFP.

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