Politics of Wednesday, 15 January 2014
One of the aspirants contesting the position of the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Kwabena Agyepong, has expressed his commitment to decentralise the administration of the party.
He explained that he would ensure that party dues and filing fees remained in the constituencies to be used in running the affairs of the party."
Mr Agyepong was speaking during a two-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region last Friday.
He visited Jirapa, Nandom, Nadowli, Lawra, Gollu among others and interacted with the delegates of the NPP prior to the forthcoming national congress.
Briefing the Press at Wa, Mr Agyepong said he had told the delegates that he saw himself as the most suitable candidate to occupy the position because of his past and continuous meritorious contributions and services to the development of the party.
The aspirant mentioned that he had been a press secretary to former President John Agyekum Kufuor between 2001-06, a member of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) of the Electoral Commission and had been working consistently at the grass root level since 1991-92, among others.
Mr Agyepong assured them of his readiness to work with the executives in the 275 constituencies to rejuvenate and ensure that they reached out to the people to make them join the NPP, and also win their confidence in their quest to wrest the seat from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2016.
He noted that the NPP was the only party that could salvage the economy, return the country to its past glory and redeem the suffering masses from untold hardships. He said since elections were won at the constituency level, he would ensure that all bottlenecks were removed to allow more people to join the party.
He said he stood for the restoration of the party to its values and principles which were service, sacrifice, selflessness and tenacity of purpose.
Mr E. K.Tizzala, one of the aspirants contesting for the position of First Vice-Chairman in the Upper West Region, who was with him, called for the expansion of the electoral college to enable all card-bearing members to vote and elect all executives of the party at the constituency and regional level.
He also advocated that same must be applied when electing parliamentary candidates and national delegates.
That, he said, would reduce the expenses involved, ensure an increase in the membership drive and generate a healthy competition among both members and the executives.