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Politics of Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Source: classfmonline.com

PPP suffering from logistical constraints

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP), founded by businessman Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, is struggling to raise funds to procure logistics and resources to prosecute its agenda for the November 7 presidential and parliamentary polls, the party’s national chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, has revealed.

According to him, since its inception, the PPP has always relied on the meagre contributions from members to steer the day-to-day affairs of the party.

Speaking in an interview with Emefa Apawu on Class FM’s ‘505’ news Tuesday June 14, Mr Hammond said: “It is very difficult, there are no two ways about it. We have a lot of demand coming from many of our disadvantaged members who want to support the party and are not able to do what they can because we have not been able to raise enough [money] to give to them. I get a call from the Sampa chairman (in the Brong Ahafo Region) almost every day [that] he needs a vehicle.”

“We [PPP] are trying to look around to see those who can support us but so far we have not been able to get enough to provide the chairman of Sampa a vehicle, but we hope that along the way as members contribute we might be able to afford to get them a motorbike, something that will enable them to go around.

Mr Hammond further told Emefa Apawu that unlike the governing National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which have tasted power, hence, the two parties relying on individuals and institutions they gave contracts to in order to survive, given the demanding nature of contemporary politics, the PPP was suffering to raise funds.

“If you are in government and as the NPP and the NDC have been in government, they have been able to rely on those that they have given contracts and things like that to fund their activities. But we will still want to find out how they are raising funds because that is what is required [by] the Political Parties’ Law,” he continued.

“We are here to stay... We are still trying to raise funds as much as we can and when we do we will be able to provide them the vehicles.”