A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on the party leadership not to look down on the potential of John Kwadwo Alan Kyerematen as an aspirant of the NPP flagbearership race.
According to him, in as much as some in the party are calling for two-time presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to lead the party again in 2016, he believes delegates should be given the sole mandate of electing who they want to lead the party in the next presidential polls.
Mr. Fred Amankwah –Sarfo, a failed NPP Vice-Chair aspirant, however described the Nana Addo and Alan ruckus as “debacle”. Adding that, it’s having a different agenda from the party’s “unity, cohesion and peace”. He noted that the idea to “stampede” Mr. Alan Kyerematen for stating his position to contest Nana Addo must be avoided.
In an interview with Peacefmonline.com Fred Amankwah-Sarfo said that, “It is the fervent believe of many members of the party across the country that there should be no intention of denigrating any other party member's aspirations to offer him or herself to lead the party to election 2016.
“As a party, we decided long ago to pursue our agenda along the principles of respect, decorum and circumspection. In fact it’s this same concept I used in my campaign to be elected as the national vice chairman of our party but failed to get the mandate of the delegates.
“…As a believer in the liberal democratic principles and most essentially the NPP tradition, I fervently trust in the decision of the delegates. We should all be magnanimous enough to respect the mandate of our delegates,” he added
The NPP man further noted that “I have no doubt in my mind that Nana Addo will be given the mandate to lead this party in the 2016 elections. But while we jostle for our preferred candidate, let not continue to hurt ourselves with statements, opinions or responses that are likely to hurt the party after the congress.”
He stressed “In as much as we should not stampede Mr. Kyerematen or anyone else and stop him/her from contesting to be elected by the delegates to lead the party into 2016, supporters must understand that such statement will only hurt the party.
“…I am humbled enough to admit that some people within the ranks of support of the candidature of Akufo-Addo had also made some derogatory remarks on the candidature of Mr. Kyerematen. This must also vehemently be condemned. Decency in our campaign must be a closely guarded weapon.
“…For this party to thrive, we must acknowledge that both leaders - Akufo Addo and Alan Kyerematen are great assets to the party. An attack on one by the supporters is the worst contributing factor towards party [NPP] cohesion; unity and togetherness are pre requisite to enhancing our electoral fortunes in 2016. Let us not cut our noses to spite our faces,” he advised
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