AN aspirant for the Ashanti Regional Secretary position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr J.K. Owusu-Boakye, has cautioned the party against electing armchair leaders who only make noise but cannot act.
He said a regional secretary, for instance, was not only meant to be writing minutes and letters, as some people believed.
“The secretary must always be on the field, collating information that would strategically position the party to develop and this is what I am going to do,” he said.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Kumasi, Mr Owusu-Boakye aka Abito, said complacency must be avoided if the party wants to build a true stronghold in the region.
He said the non-performance of the NDC as a government was not a guarantee that the NPP would capture power in 2012.
“We therefore need dedicated leadership that will work to win at least 90 per cent of the votes in Ashanti in 2012,” he said.
Mr Owusu-Boakye said as “a strategic thinker” he would complement the efforts of other executive members to make the Ashanti Region a no-go area for the NDC.
“The votes in Ashanti are crucial for our victory and we must cut the NDC to size here,” he said.
He added that the NPP needed to plug all the loopholes that allowed the NDC to win some votes in the region, in the 2008 elections.
Mr Owusu-Boakye said he was in the race to ensure credibility, fairness and firmness to defend the good record of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition.
He said the NPP needed to work on getting the floating voters to their side and promised to use his experience to work on that.
Mr Owusu-Boakye stated that the record of the NPP in its eight years in government was positive and expressed regret that the NDC government was destroying what the NPP built.
He said the NPP needed people who would be able sell the party in the region.
“I am in the race to give sound, credible and new paradigm shift of ideas needed to retool and re-engineer the fortunes of NPP in the Ashanti Region,” he said.