19 January 2005
Danquah-Busia And CPP Traditions Open Old Wounds
The Convention Peoples' Party (CPP) on Friday refuted the assertion by President John Agyekum Kufuor that within six years of independence, Ghana's foreign exchange reserves had disappeared.
The President said in his inaugural address on January 7 that the situation led Ghana to join the list of beggar nations. A statement signed by Dr Nii Noi Dowuona, General Secretary of the CPP said, the President's claims were some of the archaic and bankrupt stereotype campaign of vilification and recrimination waged by the Danquah-Busia tradition against Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the CPP government.
It said the detractors could not erase Dr. Nkrumah's well-deserved status from the sands of history as the greatest African of the 20th century.
"Dr Kwame Nkrumah's unparalleled role in the socio-economic transformation of Ghana and the emancipation of black people was well established based on a sincere account of political history".
The statement said: "The unstated foreign reserves in the Central Bank did not disappear as we are made to believe, but were rather invested based on sound economic programmes. Ghana was not a beggar nation during Dr Nkrumah's era".
The statement said, the rapid development projects that followed within the short span of Dr Nkrumah's government would go down in African history as one of the most remarkable post-independence achievements."
The Work and Happiness Programme and the Seven Year Development Plan launched in 1964 were to ensure expansion in agriculture as a basis for corresponding industrial take-off backed by an accelerated growth in educational and training facilities for the country's human resources."
It said the Co-operative, Workers Brigade and Young Farmers' League farms and the agro-based industries as well as the numerous schools, colleges and universities that sprung up all over the country were a testimony to the vision of the CPP government's. "Today, we have nothing to write home about with high unemployment rate, which rather threatens the socio-cultural fabric of the nation."
13 January 2005
Guns To take Over CPP
Kwabena Duffour, Nduom, Antwi-Danso, etc
Prominent individuals and business moguls have lined up to take over the leadership of the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
The names of these individuals include Dr Kwabena Duffuor, Ex-Governor of Bank of Ghana, Dr. Sam Jonah, the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo gold Ashanti, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, the out-going Energy Minister, Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, the Dean of Students at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Mr. Aggudey, the party’s defeated candidate in the 2004 elections is also expected to make a comeback in 2008.There is hope that the head of Antrak Group of Companies and a quintessential financial apparition Mr. Asuma Banda is on the fringes of providing more firepower and replenishment to the party.
The scholars are coming to prop up the on-going restructuring process that will place the party at a vantage position to contest the 2008 elections.
Dr Duffuor, a celebrated banker and scholar who has astutely controlled the country’s exchequer for four years is seen as a uniting factor between those in and out of the Parliamentary Action Group (PAG)
The battle for the CPP’s flagbearership has started between Dr Duffuor, Dr Ndoum and Dr Jonah all of whom have made unending commitment to retrieve the lost glory of the CPP.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the party has been holding its National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings to find the way forward.Nana Kweku Domfeh, Greater Accra Regional Organiser said the chances of the four candidates looks more than people think adding “ they are prominent citizens in the country and therefore they have equal chances of winning the flag bearer ship.
He said it would be difficult for either nominee who would contest for the flag bearer ship without putting up a fight
07 January 2005
Former candidate of the CPP advocates re-packaging of party
Kumasi, Jan 6, GNA-
Mr Kwame Appiah Boateng, the Election 2004 parliamentary candidate of the Convention People's Party (CPP) for Nhyiaeso in the Ashanti Region (CPP), has expressed the need for the party to be re-packaged in other to win future elections. He said the party should discard the old ways of doing things and to be bold enough to disassociate itself from the socialist agenda that had slowed down its progress.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi on Wednesday on: "The way forward for the CPP", Mr Boateng said the time had come for the party to model itself into a liberal political organisation while maintaining its African identity and pride.
"The CPP should commit itself to the principles of free market while maintaining its principles of cultural emancipation, economic liberation and dependency on local resources for development". Mr Boateng said the new CPP should be able to speculate how Dr Kwame Nkrumah would have re-defined his ideas to meet the current changing socio-economic and political trends.
Mr Boateng, who said he represented the new generation of the CPP advocated the inclusion of the youth in all the mainstream decisions of the opposition party.
04 January 2005
Expand Committee on CPP stocktaking - Elder
Accra, Jan. 3, GNA -
The Acting Chairman of the Council of Elders of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Mr Kweku Amoah Awuah on Monday suggested the expansion of the Committee set up by the Central Committee to take stock of the Party's dismal performance in Election 2004. In a statement issued in Accra, he said the membership should be strengthened by the inclusion of "seasoned Nkrumaists" from outside the Central Committee so that their investigations and the conduct of their assignment would be impartial and transparent.
Mr Amoah Awuah said the expansion of the membership would enable them to offer the Party the benefit of their wide experience and expert knowledge that would prepare them to face the Herculean task of reorganising, rebuilding and re-developing the Party.
He said the terms of reference of the Committee should include the reorganisation, growth and unity of the Party.
It should also find ways and means of mobilising funds and logistics for the accelerated advancement of the Party within the shortest possible time and finding ways and means of bringing all Nkrumaists together.
The CPP won three seats in Election 2004 and those seats were won with assistance from the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The Party's Presidential Candidate, Mr George Aggudey won just one per cent of the votes cast.Mr Amoah Awuah claimed that the Council of Elders, in its critical analysis of the results, had come to the conclusion that the NPP held an "entrenched" 42 per cent of the votes while the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) held about 33 per cent. "The remaining 25 per cent is what the CPP and the other minority parties have to struggle for."For the CPP, therefore, to be able to break through the ranks of the NPP and NDC so as to capture majority of votes to enable the Party to win the elections in 2008 or thereafter requires the Party to undertake a very rigorous and vigorous campaign exercise right from now."Mr Amoah Awuah said this was a difficult task and the CPP should not waste any time.