Politics of Wednesday, 18 December 2013
A youth activist of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Richard Asante Yeboah is predicting the party may lose the 2016 general elections, if the ongoing bickering is not resolved.
He said a party divided in opposition cannot guarantee a united nation if voted to power. Asante Yeboah was reacting to attacks on Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku for expressing his opinion on the preferred candidate for the NPP ahead of the 2016 election.
Dr. Apraku said the party’s candidate in the 2012 elections was not attractive enough to floating voters therefore a change will ensure victory for the party.
In a riposte, leading members of NPP sympathetic to the party’s 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, launched a scathing attack on Dr. Apraku calling him a traitor.
They claim the remarks by the presidential hopeful were to undermine Akufo-Addo, whom he [Apraku] worked with as campaign manager in 2008, to his advantage.
Dr. Apraku has been summoned before the Council of Elders to explain the motive behind his comments.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, Asante Yeboah said the NPP has not learnt any lessons from the defeat in the 2008 and 2012 elections.
According to him, the level of complacency in the NPP – a party, which has been in opposition for five years is more than the party in power.
Asante Yeboah described as strange how people are not forging for unity in the party but are rather seeking their own parochial interest.
“What are all these people fighting for when nominations for the flagbearership race has not been opened. Akufo-Addo does not need anybody to fight for him; all those doing that are for their own parochial interest”, he noted.
“It is obvious the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has failed Ghanaians big time but I don’t think NPP is ready to take over”, Asante Yeboah intimated, adding that the NPP is walking on the path into perpetual opposition if the infighting is not settled.