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The 2008 Convention People’s Party (CPP) flagbearer, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom has declared unequivocally that he will not contest the CPP’s presidential primary when the party opens nominations for prospective candidates to vie for the flagbearership slot.

Addressing the media on a number of issues concerning the CPP and his personal political ambitions in Accra on Wednesday morning, Dr Nduom said he will contest the 2012 general elections on the ticket of a new political party.

That political party cum 'movement', he said, will be known in two months’ time.

“When the Convention People’s Party (CPP) opens nomination next month, I will not participate in that process… In all human endeavours, it is important to know when to change course to obtain a positive result. I wish the CPP well as it seeks to chart the course announced by its new Leadership. For me, this is the time to look forward and forward only, to a new and different political order…our new political movement aims to present a credible, united, disciplined and well organized election machine…we are a political movement guided by an agenda for change...Unfortunately the Ghanaian electoral laws do not permit a collective of right-minded, independent people to use the same platform and symbol for presidential and parliamentary campaigns, so we will of necessity convert literally, a political movement to become a political party. We will inaugurate this truly national political movement in the next two months at a national convention that will demonstrate our true character, strength and human character that we are gathering. Our goal is to contest the 2012 elections with a positive, progressive, different force.…,” Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom said.

According to him, unlike the other political parties, this new political movement “believes in inclusiveness and stands against the winner takes all ideology”.

David Ampofo was at Dr Nduom's press confab on Wednesday
Flanked by his wife, Mrs Yvonne Nduom and some Nkrumaists including Richmond Keelson (Communications Director of the Nduom for 2012 campaign), and David Ampofo (Campaign Strategist of Dr. Nduom's team), the former Public Sector Reform Minister in the erstwhile Kufuor-led NPP administration, said Ghanaians have a unique opportunity of choosing between stagnation and progress in 2012 and urged the electorate to opt for the progressive independence he and his movement will offer.

“…We urge all who think and believe that Ghana deserves better leadership and the best government possible to join us now. If you are a teacher or nurse who believes that you can get your just reward right here on earth, join us. If you are a policeman, prison officer, fire service man or woman or soldier who needs better tools and technology to provide better service to the nation, join us. If you are a driver, a house help, a construction worker, join us for a more secure future. If you are a farmer or fisherman who is crying for help to make a better living, join us. If you are in the public service and in need of better motivation and equipment, join us. If you are in the private sector and need support from your government to grow your business, join us. If you are a Ghanaian who believes that our natural resources – gold, bauxite, manganese, diamond, oil and gas must benefit the Ghanaian now, join us. If you have supported the NDC, NPP and the other political parties and you now feel the need for an alternative, join us now. We are there for the Ghanaian. We are there for you,” he said.

Touting himself as best suited for the job of a president, “Edwumawura” as Dr Nduom is affectionately called, said he has the best policies and programmes to accelerate Ghana's development to a first world country..

“Everywhere we go, our young men and women cry out for one thing – jobs, jobs, jobs. Well, what we can say to them today is, “Have no fear, “Edwumawura” is here!...A new future beckons but it will not come into being unless we make a break from the old way of doing things. The time for action is now…What our experience in the 4th Republic has taught us is that we need a President who is by practical experience best suited for the job and who has demonstrated in his private life and in public service the ability to deliver positive results. I, Papa Kwesi Nduom, “Edwumawura”, believe I am the person most suited for the position of President of the Republic of Ghana come January 2013…,” an animated Dr. Nduom said.
Source: Rebecca Addo Tetteh/Peacefmonline.com

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