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Politics of Thursday, 26 June 2014

Source: GNA

NPP Council of Elders asked to initiate peace pact

A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Brong-Ahafo Region, on Tuesday, called on the Council of Elders of the party to initiate a peace accord among feuding factions in the party.

Mr Frank Opoku Adjapong noted that the perceived factions within the NPP is assuming alarming proportions, and if immediate steps are not taken to address them and give peace a chance, it will cause the NPP dearly in the 2016 general elections.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani, Mr Adjapong emphasized that the leadership of the party ought to re-think and strategize well to be able to position the party in a way that will not ward off floating voters.

He observed that even though every political party has its weakness and internal problems, the current situation in the NPP, as the major opposition party, is not the best and something ought to be done in the interest of all members.

Mr Adjapong stressed that all candidates contesting to lead the party in the 2016 general elections ought to be given equal opportunities to campaign and market themselves well before the National Delegates Congress.

He advised leadership of the party not to create any impression of supporting a particular candidate, as that would not augur well if the party was bent on winning the 2016 election.

“At this crucial moment, we don’t just need a flagbearer to lead us in 2016, but we need a winnable candidate,” he said, and called on the leadership of the party to open up to all members, strengthen internal structures and accept new ideas to enhance the party’s fortunes.

Mr Adjapong observed that the internal trading of insults, accusations and counter accusations, as well as petty squabbles and wranglings, ought to be nipped in the bud, and advised candidates contesting for the flagbearership and their followers to avoid tendencies that would create enmity and disunity in the party.