Monday, April 19, 2010

ALAN CALLS FOR UNITY IN NPP (PAGE 14, APRIL 19, 2010)

A NEW Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer aspirant, Mr Alan Kyerematen, has intensified his campiagn in the Ashanti Region with the call on the party to prosecute the 2012 elections with unity rather than a divided house.
He said the ruling NDC party would fiercely contest the 2012 elections and that demanded an NPP presidential candidate who could unite the party and also attract many floating voters to carry the day.
Mr Kyerematen, who was speaking at a meeting with party polling station chairmen in the Ejisu Juaben Constituency at Ejisu last Saturday, as part of his tour of the Ashanti Region to seek for support for his flag bearer bid, said the party needed to caution its followers against any belief that the NDC would easily be dislodged out of power in the 2012 elections.
He, therefore, urged the party’s delegates for the August presidential primary to massively vote for him as he had the credentials to lead the party to victory.
My Kyerematen had so far visited the Asante Akim South, Asante Akim North, Manhyia, Asokwa and Subin constituencies.
He also paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace and worshipped with Muslims at the Central Mosque in Kumasi.
In all the constituencies that he visited, large numbers of people poured out to welcome him and his entourage, which included Mr Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, former presidential spokesperson, Mr Kofi Dzamesi, former Volta Regional Minister and Ms Hilda Josephine Addo, former MP for Kwadaso.
He noted that the 2008 campaign strategy of the party was flawed in many ways paving the way for the NDC to clinch an undeserved victory.
Mr Kyerematen gave the assurance that he planned to work out a strategy that would overcome the NDC tactics for the 2012 elections when he was elected.
On that score, he said, the party’s foot soldiers who were not recognised in the 2008 campaign strategy would be given a big role to play in the electioneering strategy.
“It is clear that if the party’s foot soldiers had been given a role to play, the NDC would not have won the elections,” he said.
He said elections were won with people who knew the grounds “and in this case, the people are the foot soldiers”.
Mr Kyerematen urged the party’s foot soldiers not to be discouraged about the events in 2008 but rekindle their spirit and start working towards victory in the next elections.
He repeated his assertion that worldwide, young people were winning elections in their countries because the people had hope in the youth.
He said with age on his side, backed by his industry, charisma and trustworthiness, he was sure to lead the party to victory if elected flag bearer.