The former Vice Chairman of the ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Ntim, has described as unfortunate a statement from the majority leader, Hon. OseiKyei Mensah Bonsuthat it was time the NPP elected non – Akan flagbearer for the party in 2024.
Below is the full statement:
I am calling for truce in the wake of certain public exchanges in the media space in recent times. I am making this call at the heels of a statement allegedly made by the Majority Leader, Hon. OseiKyei Mensah Bonsu which has received a response from Hon. BoakyeAgyarko, former Minister of Energy.
It is important to state that the party is already dealing with the outcome of the 2020 election results, considering especially how it has impacted on the Parliamentary party. The party thus has a daunting task ahead to put its house in order, to prepare a solid ground for the election of officers at all levels, and a flagbearer, as well as support our government under President Akuffo-Addo to deliver on our 2020 manifesto, to ensure that the NPP “breaks the 8”, which will facilitate a smooth transition of Government from one led by the NPP to another NPP government.
Some of these public exchanges, risk the possibility to weaken the party’s front ahead of the 2024 general elections.
This is the time that we need a sober reflection, absolute calm, restraint and cool heads to prevail, instead of trading insults and insinuations.
Party members are entitled to their opinions. However, such expressions of divergent views must be done with decorum and with the eventual and Supreme interest of the party in mind. The party has provided for constitutionally acceptable channels for grievances and disagreements to be aired internally for redress. The Council of Elders exists at all levels of the party, namely Constituency, Regional and National. This body of party elders comprises very experienced party members who are endowed with the requisite experience, clout and ability to adjudicate in disputes, and ensure that peace prevails in the party, instead of allowing free-range exchange of verbal missiles among members on the airwaves.
We as a party should disapprove of incidents that would tear us apart. I am hereby pleading with all to put their guns down and fall on the National Council of Elders to help them resolve any perceived differences.
We should rather concentrate on building our party together and deflect all efforts by the NDC to distract us from providing long term progressive governance in Ghana.
Long Live the New Patriotic Party!
Long Live Ghana!