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Politics of Wednesday, 6 January 2016


We saw Sakara’s bombshell detonating – Samia

Presidential aspirant of the Convention People’s Party, Samia Nkrumah says the leadership of the party is least surprised by the decision of Dr. Abu Sakara to quit the party.

According to her, the party had months back gotten wind of plans by the 2012 presidential candidate of the party to breakaway.

The CPP only last week opened nominations for interested presidential aspirants to pick forms.

But Dr Abu Sakara Tuesday issued a statement to announce his decision to leave the nkrumaist party to contest the 2016 presidential race as an independent candidate.

“The stagnation of our democracy demands a different, innovative and bold course of action to achieve the desired change we seek. For the moment the traditional route of political parties will only produce more of the same lone and weak voices in the wilderness of self righteousness,” he said in the statement.

Samia Nkrumah however told Joy News Dr. Sakara was yet to officially communicate his decision to the leadership of the CPP.

She reiterated that the move was predictable because right after the party’s national delegates’ congress in September she gathered snippets of information suggesting he would leave.

Should he carry through his threat, it would be the second time a former presidential candidate has abandoned the party barely a year to a general election.

Founder of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom also left the party in similar fashion in 2012.

Samia who is the immediate past chairman of a party founded by his father blamed the wave of resignation within the party on “political maneuvering” from other political parties she would not name.

She was however resolute that the machination was “just to weaken the CPP but that would not happen”.

She was certain that the “beneficiaries” of plots to disintegrate the party are not within the CPP.

Samia also discounted assumption that Dr. Sakara has a personality clash with some top-notch within the party.

Meanwhile, political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Alidu Seidu says though Dr. Sakara is a fine politician, his decision to leave CPP would be “suicidal for his political career”.

He therefore wants him to rescind that decision because Ghanaians are not ready to vote for an independent candidate to govern the nation.