A LEADING member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Asunafo North Constituency, Mr Benjamin Kwame Nkrumah, aka Lawyer Ben, has argued in favour of an Akufo-Addo/Alan Kyerematen ticket to win the 2012 presdential elections.
He said “The NPP will easily win the 2012 elections with Nana Akufo-Addo as presidential candidate and Mr Alan Kyerematen as his running mate.”
He has, therefore, challenged the party to find a way of getting the two personalities to lead the party in the 2012 elections.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic at Goaso Mr Nkrumah said there was no doubt that Nana Akufo-Addo and Mr Kyerematen were the two leading figures in the party at the moment.
“And we as a party can make good use of their popularity by pairing them for the battle of 2012,” he said.
Mr Nkrumah indicated that the practice where the NPP decided to allocate the running mate position to a particular area of the country was not helpful to the party.
“We, therefore, need to adjust to current demands and this is where the Nana Akufo-Addo/Alan ticket is very important,” he said.
The leading party member said the party could face problems in the next elections if the perceived Akufo-Addo/Alan factions were allowed to permeate the very fabric of the party.
He said the two party gurus had what it takes to make serious inroads into opposition camps to win more people into the NPP.
He said the NPP could not afford to lose the next elections because majority of Ghanaians were looking up to the party to rescue the nation from mismanagement by the current government.
Mr Nkrumah pointed out that the NDC had so far shown that it did not have the guts to change the economy for the better as it promised.
“But we in the party can only take advantage by putting our house in order so that we go into the elections as a united party,” he said.
Mr Nkrumah also stressed the need for the party to be strengthened at the constituency levels.
“We cannot wait for the top to dictate to us as the grassroots. We have to take the initiative and the end will be bright.”