NPP Must Be “Battle-Ready” For 2016 - Alan Kyerematen

Aspiring Flagbearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alan Kyeremanten, has urged unity within the party, as it holds its internal elections. He says the party must eschew divisive tendencies and rather emerge as a united force ahead of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections. The Party is holding constituency elections across the country, except in the Eastern region. It will hold regional, national and flagbearer elections subsequently. Alan Kyeremanten wrote on his facebook page that: “As we elect leaders to manage our party at the constituency level, I urge all patriots to consider the larger interest and eschew the very issues that divide us”. He said: “…I pray that the party emerges as a more united front, battle-ready for election 2016”. According to him, “our journey to restoring hope to the Ghanaian people is on course”. Even though the flagbearer election is in March 2014, various camps have already started mudslinging each other. Supporters of the party’s two-time presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, recently took another Aspirant, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku to the cleaners, after he had come out to urge a change in leadership ahead of the 2016 polls. Apraku said the defeat of Akufo-Addo two consecutive times raises concerns, thus, the need for a different candidate that will appeal to the floating voter. The former Trades Minister, who served as Campaign Manager for Akufo-Addo in 2008, bemoaned the party’s dwindling fortunes since President John Kufuor left office in 2009. Another former Aspirant, Dr Arthur Kobina Kennedy says Akufo-Addo’s chances must be re-examined.