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Politics of Tuesday, 18 May 2004

Source: Graphic

Nkrumahists ready for political alliance

Two parties of the Nkrumahist political stable, the People?s National Convention (PNC) and the Convention People?s Party (CPP), have indicated their intention and willingness to initiate talks to forge an alliance with political parties with the same ideological persuasion if either of them falls short of winning the December presidential election.
The PNC and the CPP explained that the initiative would enable them to take common positions on issues of national development which will be in the supreme interest of the economy and the broad masses of the people.
The leader of the PNC , Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama, and the presidential candidate of the CPP, George Opesika Aggudey, said these in separate interviews in Accra at the weekend in reaction to questions asked on what positions either party would adopt in case it falls short of winning a simple majority in the forthcoming presidential election.
According to Dr Mahama, the PNC had leanrt bitter lessons from the December 2000 presidential run-off, in which the leadership of the party encouraged its teeming supporters to vote for the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Presid. John Agyekum Kufuor, who eventually emerged as the winner.
The PNC leader described as contradictory the policies of the Kufuor administration and those of his party and remarked that those policies had made the people worse off. Dr Mahama said the PNC felt utterly betrayed by the administration due to its implementation of anti-human policies that have led to grave and adverse consequences of mass poverty and hardships among the people.
He said in case the party placed either first or second in the December presidential elections, which invariably will necessitate a run-off with any other party, the PNC would critically examine the manifestos of other contesting parties to find out whether they shared common positions on issues of national concern.
''The PNC leadership will verify whether or not the positions of the other parties on agricultural, educational and health issues conform to that of our party before we decide to enter into talks to fashion out an alliance to win the run-off,'' Dr Mahama said.
He said since the three aforementioned sectors constitute the main pillars of a society?s forward march , the PNC would search for a partner whose policies would promote those sectors, instead of commercialsing them, in a run-off.
On his part, Aggudey said the party would only dialogue with parties which seek to promote economic and social justice in a run-off, since the policies of the CPP are human centred and not those which would reduce the people to '' hewers of wood and drawers of water''.
He said since the CPP was committed to completing the unfinished works of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, it would forge an alliance with other political parties whose manifestos provide opportunities for the greater number of the people, irrespective of their social and economic standing in the society, to develop their talents for the greater benefit of the society.
'' The leadership of the party will pianstakingly assess what other political parties would offer in terms of education, health, agriculture, commerce and justice before it decides to join forces to contest a run-off,'' Aggudey said.
He said the CPP does not subscribe to the unbridled capitalist mode of production which renders the ordinary and vulnerable people poorer and the wealthy few, richer and prosperous in the society.
The CPP presidential candidate said that situation creates uneasiness and a spate of unrest in a society and remarked that the party would, therefore, check the economic and social blueprint of parties before '' tying its apron strings to them'' to contest a run-off.