Friday, September 24, 2010

CPP Reads Riot Act

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By William Yaw Owusu

Wednesday September 22, 2010.
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) says the days when people spoke to the media on behalf of the party without recourse to the party hierarchy are over and has vowed to discipline any member found to have brought the party’s name into disrepute.

Ladi Nylander, National Chairman and leader of the CPP who gave the warning yesterday said “the CPP means business and we are ready to move on. I tell you that the views you will hear from the CPP will be that of those who are accredited to speak. We are instilling discipline and pursue Nkrumahist unity.”

The chairman was speaking at the CPP headquarters in Accra at the commemoration of the Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday (Founder’s Day) which has also been declared a public holiday by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government and used the occasion to introduce what the party calls its ‘shadow cabinet’ which will be offering alternative solutions on national issues.

Mr. Nylander said the NDC and the NPP who have had the chance to govern Ghana in the current democratic dispensation are all having their own problems and it was up to the CPP to capitalize on it and present a formidable front for Ghanaians saying “we have to show unity devoid of personal interests and move to get Ghanaians on our side.”

Commenting on Ivor Kobina Greenstreet and James Kwabena Bonfeh, General Secretary and National Youth Organizer respectively who have been suspended by the party for their public utterances, Mr. Nylander said “there is a disciplinary process currently going on and we will make our position clear when they finish the work.”

He said the CPP currently stands at what he called ‘cross-roads’ and were ready to take over the reins of government to put into action the process of social transformation on the country.

“The CPP tradition has not had it easy in the Fourth Republic. Our ranks have been split since 1992. Of course this has been engineered deliberately! We have gone through various incarnations as the PNC, NIP, PHP, PCP, CP, GCPP and since 1998, the CPP once again.”

He said since then the CPP has worked hard but have not known any victory but said “it is my conviction that victory now appears to be at hand.”

The Chairman said the CPP is pushing for a nation where there would be patriotism, respect for human rights, discipline, and self reliance as well as pursue excellence as a national character towards accelerated economic growth.

He also announced a list of leading CPP members who have been given permission to speak on issues affecting the various sectors of the economy.

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