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Politics of Monday, 23 July 2007

Source: GNA

Saaka declares for PNC Flag bearership

Accra, July 23, GNA - Professor Yakubu Saaka a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under the third republican Government of the Peoples National Party (PNP) on Monday declared his intention to contest for the Presidential slot of the Peoples National Convention (PNC). "Its time for change in the forward move of the PNC towards capturing political power in Elections 2008, I have the experience, the capacity and the capabilities to mobilise the masses and lead our great party to victory.

"I see myself as the candidate for all progressive, disenfranchised and marginalized, most especially youth, women and the myriad of civil society organisations that sincerely believe they are being ignored or patronised by the state," Prof. Saaka declared at a media encounter to announce his candidature.

Prof. Saaka said: "If I elected as leader and Presidential Candidate of the third largest political party in the country at our National Delegates Congress, I will work to unite PNC bedevilled with intra party, and re-galvanising the Nkrumaist Unity, which had been in limbo for years.

"I will maintain the ideals of Nkrumaism, project it as a viable and relevant political legacy and tradition in the country."

The Aspiring PNC Flag bearer hails from Bole in the Northern region, attended Achimota Secondary School, University of Ghana, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Ohio.

He lectured briefly at the University of Ghana in 1978, and since the return to Constitutional rule in 1993, had worked within the ranks of the PNC.

Prof Saaka said the greatest challenge to the PNC now was how to overcome the internal squabbles and leadership conflict within the party.

"In spite of all these challenges I believe party organisation must go on as we are not like other parties who are on political holiday," he stated.

He pledged to give PNC GH(5,000 (50 Million cedis) towards re-organisation.