General News of Tuesday, 8 July 2014
The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyapong says the party is vigorously preparing to win the 2016 general elections.
According to him, the leadership of the NPP is dealing with its internal matters to present a formidable front to take over the governance of the nation.
“We are preparing ourselves, we are ready to take up the governance of this country,” he said.
The NPP closed its nominations on Monday, and all seven aspirants gunning to lead the party in the 2016 general elections have filed their nominations.
They are two-time presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, Alan Kyeremanten, Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, Francis Addai Nimoh, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng and Joe Ghartey.
Speaking on Citi FM's Eyewitness News on Monday, Mr. Agyapong said the NPP is the only party in Ghana which is making significant progress by putting the right structures in place ahead of a national election.
He pointed out that the NPP has successfully organized polling station elections in 26,000 polling stations and “we have gone through 275 constituency elections…we’ve had regional elections in 10 regions, we’ve had a national election and we have new executives in place.”
According to him, “no political party has been able to achieve that as we speak; not even the ruling government.”
Mr. Agyapong was convinced that the NPP is “on the right track” and served notice that the party “will get down to the battle of getting our message across to the people.”
The seven presidential nominations will be forwarded to the vetting committee after which the aspirants will appear before the committee to be vetted.
The NPP General Secretary disclosed that if no issue comes up during the vetting process which will lead to the disqualification of an aspirant, all seven will be “signed off as the official aspirants for the nomination of flagbearership of our party.”
He however clarified that if all seven candidates pass the vetting process “then we will have to go according to our constitution” which states that “if more than five candidates filing, then we will have super delegates conference” to prune down the number to five.