Politics of Thursday, 24 January 2013
Source: Joy Online
Conventions People’s Party (CPP) Chairperson 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 Samia, the NDC and NPP have, for the past 20 years, pursued programmes that have not made a meaningful impact on the lives of the Ghanaian.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Thursday, January 24, 2013, 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 advises 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 shares the ideologies of her late father, namely serious policies on industrialization that will lead to economic transformation. Any party that meets those conditions, she said, would be considered for a merger.
Ms. Nkrumah, who is on a mission to rebrand the CPP ahead of the 2016 general elections, said that the party are currently in talks with parties that share in Nkrumah’s ideas- the Peoples’ National Convention and Great Consolidated Popular Party among others- for a possible merger that would produce a solid front and help the storied party recapture power.
She is confident the CPP, which once produced the country’s first President, will bounce back and recapture political power and continue Dr. Nkrumah’s programmes, which Ms. Nkrumah said have been shelved by succeeding governments.