21 October 2005
CPP members asked to unite
Sunyani (B/A), Oct. 21, GNA -
Mr Nii Noi Dowuona, General Secretary of the Convention People's Party on Friday appealed to party members to eschew divisive tendencies and rededicate themselves to its re-organisation.
"The party's fragmented state now is causing problems to its forward march", he said in an interview with Ghana News Agency at a day's workshop in Sunyani to discuss activities of the party in Brong Ahafo.
He noted that disenchantment among members and internal squabbles were drawing the party back as it loses public confidence. The general secretary appealed to members to bury their differences and rise above personal interests "to form a formidable side, capable of unseating the current government".
Dr. Edmund Delle, National Chairman, said a national executive council meeting would be held on November 12, this year to fix a date for a national congress at which national executives would be elected. After the Congress, he said, the party will enter into unity talks with other Nkrumahist parties for a possible merger.
Madam Joana M. Abebrese, Brong-Ahafo regional secretary noted backbiting among members and called for unity to ensure the party's victory in the 2008 elections.
She thanked the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Dutch Institute for Multi-Party Democracy for sponsoring the workshop and gave assurance that the materials they provided would be put to good use. Party executives from all constituencies in the region were at the workshop and discussed a wide range of topics including party discipline, functions, structures, how to attract mass membership and influential people, who could help in the party's re-organisation process.
13 October 2005
National Executives of CPP urged to hasten re-organization
Mr Godfred K. Appiah, Convention Peoples Party (CPP) Parliamentary candidate for Subin in the 2004 elections has called on the party's Central Committee to hasten its re-organization process.
He noted that the party currently, had no structures on the ground and was therefore, non-existent in virtually all the districts and rural communities.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi on the need to re-organize the party, Mr Appiah said, some of the regional offices were not being properly organized to undertake any effective work. "If the party must become viable, formidable and vibrant, then there must be a massive re-organization from the ward level to constituency and regional levels."
"There should be election of officers at the ward, constituency and regional levels before we think of going to congress," Mr Appiah added.
Mr Appiah questioned "how long would the party have to wait for the merger with the Peoples National Convention (PNC) before going to congress and reminded the national executive that they had only two and a half months for the year to end."
He said "the party should therefore, be able to re-organize all the structures before the end of the year, to enable it go to congress to elect national officers and presidential candidate." Mr Appiah suggested that the CPP should elect its presidential candidate early enough to be marketed ahead of the 2008 elections. He said to achieve such objectives required total unity and peace, therefore, party members, supporters and sympathisers must bury their differences, petty jealousies and work towards winning the 2008 elections instead of being embroiled in petty squabbles.
Mr Appiah appealed to the national executive to give the youth in the party, the chance to take up some key positions to move it forward, adding "the youth formed a solid block in the party and should therefore be given the chance to be in the fore front to prove their worth while the elders supported them with their experience."
"Even though the elders have very important roles to play in the party they should give the youth who are more active and dynamic the chance to be at the fore front to move the party forward," he stressed.
06 October 2005
CPP youth calls on Ghanaians to be vigilant
The Ashanti Regional Youth League of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) has called on Ghanaians to be vigilant and take intelligent decisions on national issues to promote good leadership and governance in the country. It said Ghanaians should also be critical on the Government and other political groups to ensure that decisions and policies were taken in the best and broader interest of the people.
The call was made in a release issued and signed by Mr Akwasi Bosompem Boateng, Ashanti Regional Youth Secretary after a meeting in Kumasi. The Youth regretted that, majority of Ghanaians, especially women and the youth had not shown serious concern about governance in the country. They therefore, called on the women and the youth to be educated to appreciate and understand political issues to give meaning to democratic rule in the country. They urged women and the youth to be vigilant, self- conscious and exercise self-control in selecting their representatives during elections.