Mr Kofi Baidoo, aspiring National Organiser of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) on Tuesday adjudged grassroots politicking as critical for electoral victory.
“You neglect the grassroots to the peril of your electoral victory.
“Grassroots politicking hinges on effective organisation at the polling station levels, constituencies and regional structures but unfortunate CPP National Organiser position, which serves as the machinery for mobilisation has been weak.
“As far as I am concerned, the bane of the CPP has been electing a weak National Organiser and that as a person who does not chase after titles but solve problems, I fit perfectly for that job to rejuvenate and strengthen the party,” Mr Baidoo told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview after picking nominations forms to contest for the slot.
The party has fixed September 18 and September 19 for its national delegates congress to elect national officers to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.
The Congress would be preceded by a meeting of National Executive Council (NEC) of the party on Friday, September 18 to approve the agenda for the congress.
The Congress would bring together constituencies, regional executives, the NEC, Council of Elders, Founding Members, the CPP's only Member of Parliament, Overseas branches, Youth and Women leagues and representatives from TEWSCHART-the students wing of the party.
Mr Baidoo a Teacher by profession explained that it he is contesting the position of a National Organiser to rejuvenate and revamp the CPP.
“CPP was the master mind for grassroots mobilisation….in CPP organisation decides all.
“I am contesting CPP National Organiser slot to strengthen and oil the party for Election 2016 and beyond.”
He assured the party’s supporters that he would be a problem-solving national organiser and called for massive support.
He said he had served the party in various capacities in the past and wanted to serve the CPP in such a way that “we will reduce to the barest minimum the despondency that has set in”.
Mr Baidoo explained that he wants to regularly be on the field to find out the problems at the grass roots and work out effective strategies and solutions to them.
Meanwhile the CPP National Chairman aspirants are to pay GH¢ 50,000.00 as filing fees to contest for the slot at the party national delegates congress.
Vice Chairpersons are to pay GH¢ 35,000.00; General Secretary aspirants, GH¢ 30,000.00; National Treasurer GH¢ 20,000.00; National Organiser GH¢ 15,000.00 and National Youth and National Women Organisers, GH¢10,000.00 each.
Meanwhile a statement signed by Wing Commander Pat N. Sogbodjor (Rtd), Chairman of the CPP Congress Committee in Accra and copied to the GNA announced the opening of nominations for the election of National Executive Officers.
Nominations are opened until Friday September, 4.
The statement said as part of the preparation towards the 2015 national delegates congress, a congress committee has been established to organise a national delegates congress, which would elect national officers in accordance with Article 77 of the party’s constitution.
The committee would therefore entreat all eligible and qualified members of the party to pick up their nomination forms at the national secretariat for the various national positions.
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