Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NPP UK calls for ceasefire

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By William Yaw Owusu

Wednesday July 21, 2010
The United Kingdom/Ireland branch of the New Patriotic Party (UK/Ireland-NPP) says it is not happy with the persistent verbal attacks by some members of the party on the executives and asked all those involved to ceasefire and work together to ensure a successful election.

A news release issued in London and signed by Nana Yaw Sarpong, Communications Officer of NPP UK said “Our National Executives are not perfect. Our Electoral Committee Members are not perfect. We should all support them to bring about a successful and credible election.

“The recent comments by Maxwell Kofi Jumah that there are Al-Qaeda in the NPP and another by Stephen Ntim that Brigadier Odei and Kwasi Adu Gyan, who are members of the committee, are hatchet men shows a lack of respect for fellow party members, the party and its institutions.”

“We all went to congress and majority voted for amendments to the constitution to expand the delegates’ list. If there are challenges, we must offer useful suggestions and not resort to insults and personal attacks.”

“We in the Diaspora may not agree with everything the National Executives and our Electoral Committee does but we would not come out and insult them and call them all kinds of names.

It further noted that “we have constituencies where independent candidates got over 10,000 votes and more and instead of sitting down to find solutions our leaders have abandoned their constituencies and championing the interests of individuals.”

“We also appeal to Stephen Ntim to stop criticising the proxy votes offered to party members in the Diaspora. As a former Member of NPP USA he should know better. “During periods that the party holds its congress the air fares are quite high and not all party members can afford the tickets. Besides majority of party members believe it is better to send these monies to support our constituencies and our National Party Headquarters. The proxy voting is a good initiative and it helps us to take part in the democratic process.”

“We must put our differences aside and join hands to support our National Executives and Electoral Committee to run a successful election.”

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