Politics of Wednesday, 12 February 2014
National Chairman aspirant of the New Patriotic Party, Paul Afoko says electing him will go a long way in erasing the perception that the NPP only accommodates people of Akan extraction at its top echelon.
The party’s opponents have always claimed it is averse to non-Akans.
Though he described it as a mere perception, Mr. Afoko told Moro Awudu on the XYZ Breakfast show Thursday that selecting a Northerner like him will help fight the tribal tag.
“It would go a large extent to set aside this perception. You cannot also blame the party because, for all these years, we have not really had somebody coming from the Dombo tradition stepping forward to say I want to be the leader of the party.
“I stand as a party candidate who will serve the party, who is going to unite this party and I will be neutral in all aspects and I want to change that tag that we have branded by our opponents”.
Mr Afoko added that his election, coupled with the decision to hold the conference in the Northern regional capital Tamale will help the party renew itself spiritually.
Paul Afoko is contesting incumbent Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, first Vice Chairman Fred Oware and two-time failed Chairman Aspirant Stephen Ntim.