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Politics of Monday, 4 December 1995

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NCP Speaks

The National Executive members of the National Convention Party have held a meeting with members of the party in the Eastern Region in Koforidua. Issues discussed included the ratification of the abrogation of the alliance with the National Democratic Congress and the merger of all Nkrumaist groups. Representatives of all the 26 constituencies in the Region attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, the Acting National Chairman of the NCP Mr. T.K. Appiah, described the partyAEs alliance with the NDC as fraudulent and unfortunate. He said it is clear that the NDC has failed the NCP and the nation as a whole, hence the need to abrogate the alliance.

The General Secretary of the party, Alhaji A.B Ziblim, read a communiquTheta adopted at a meeting with all the Nkrumaist groups held in Accra indicating the willingness of all the parties to unite. He was hopeful that all obstacles would be eliminated to made the merger possible. The Parliamentary Minority Leader and a leading member of the NCP, Dr. Owusu Agyekum, acknowledged that the NDC is a strong and virile party that needs the unity of all the opposition parties in the country and good strategies to defeat in the next general elections. The Second Speaker of Parliament, Dr. S.B Arthur, noted that no government can thrive on what he described as excessive loans which are also not carefully utilised. He accused the government of mismanaging the economy and encouraging gambling which discourages production. Dr. Arthur called on members of the party to embark on a massive membership drive to enable them to vote the NDC out of office. The Eastern Regional Chairman of the party, Nana Owusu Sekyere, denied reports that the entire members of the party in the 21 Constituencies have defected to the NDC.