General News of Tuesday, 22 January 2013
A leading member of the NPP is asking the party to direct its energies towards winning the 2016 elections and stop what he referred to as “self promotional gimmicks.”
Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby is appalled by the party’s decision not to take part in the two bye- elections in Akatsi and Buem, saying the reasons they cited were “illogical and nonsensical.”
In an open letter copied to Myjoyonline.com, the NPP founding member dared the NPP members to completely boycott all activities in Parliament if they want to be taken serious.
The following is the full letter;
THE NPP MUST SQUARE THE CIRCLE OR CUT OUT THE COMIC TRAGEDY
The NPP is boycotting Parliamentary bye-elections because it is in dispute with the EC.
Why not extend this illogical and nonsensical act by asking all the Party’s MPs in all of the constituencies affected by the 4700 polling stations cited in the Supreme Court Petition to step aside from Parliament pending the determination of the case
Whilst we are at it, let the NPP in Parliament abandon the farce of taking part in the vetting of Ministers nominated by the President whose election they do not recognise, again until such time as the Supreme Court pronounces in the petition.
Also, since it is only President Mahama who can commit the public funds of Ghana, let the NPP in Parliament suspend its participation in Parliament since that body’s agenda is only to debate and approve policies and programmes which impose a charge on the Public purse of Ghana.
Better still, as it is the same EC which conducted the elections in the constituencies in which the NPP won Parliamentary seats, the Party must reject those results as well and ASK ITS MPS TO BOYCOTT PARLIAMENT TOTALLY UNTIL THE SUPREME COURT DETERMINES THE SUIT. Otherwise, the NPP will show itself up as only accepting the EC’s conduct as fair and without malice where the NPP is victorious
Unless the NPP’s leadership carries through with all of the foregoing, some of us who have as much roots in the formation of the NPP and its antecedent parties will not comprehend the logic or sense in the boycott of the bye-elections.
Our Party deserves better. Dr. J. B. Danquah deserves better. Dr. Kofi A. Busia deserves better. President Edward Akufo-Addo deserves better. Obetsebi Lamptey deserves better. President J. A. Kufuor deserves better . Victor Owusu deserves better.
The 2016 General Elections is less than four years ago. The NPP must be spending its energies getting ready to contest and this time SECURES THE VICTORY that the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians will vote for. An essential pre-requisite for convincing the majority of Ghanaians (not just the “yente gyae fanatics”) is to demonstrate a commitment to principled democratic conduct and not knee jerk self-promotional gimmicks.
Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby Founding Member, NPP / Victor Owusu’s nephew
21 JANUARY 2013.