28 November 2005
Northern Region CPP chairman tours Northern/Upper West
Mr. Albert Atutiga, Northern Regional chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP) has advised members of the party to believe in unity and strength as the surest way of winning power. He has also appealed to all Nkrumaist parties involved in the unity talks to go beyond discussing the use of symbols and slogans and forge ahead in unity to ensure that the party won power in the 2008 polls to bring good governance to Ghanaians.
Mr. Atutiga was addressing constituent Executive Members of both the CPP and PNC at separate functions when he toured the West Gonja, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba and the Bole Districts of the Northern Region and some members at Wa in the Upper West Region at the weekend. The three-day tour was to organize people at the grassroots level to ensure that they were united to "fight strongly" for power in the 2008 polls for the party.
The tour was also to explain to the executives at the grassroots level the merger of CPP/PNC and how to win supporters for the combined force of the two parties, which would serve as a strong political party capable of wresting power from the NPP.
At Damongo, Mr. Atutiga asked all groups and individuals interested in building a winsome Nkrumaist party to marshal resources and strategies to form a formidable CPP to win power in 2008 to rescue the country's economy from a total collapse.
He explained the PNC/CPP merger to the people and described it as a laudable idea and urged executives of the two parties to be wary of detractors who would be doing everything possible to ensure that the talks yielded no dividends.
He said the use of the PNC's symbol of coconut tree and the motto: "Forward ever with honest service" had been agreed and approved at the just ended National Executives Committee (NEC) meeting in Accra and that, what mattered most was for all members to support the merger. He said, if there were others who were still not satisfied with the use of the PNC's symbol of the coconut tree they could use both the coconut tree and cockerel of the CPP to satisfy both parties At Sawla and Bole the Regional Chairman told members not to panic about the choice of presidential slot, saying, "The issue of who becomes a Presidential candidate would be determined at a National Delegates' Congress, which anyone from CPP or PNC would be allowed to contest for the positions".
At Wa, in the Upper West Region, Mr. Atutiga said the way was clear for the Nkrumaist parties to win power "considering current political events in the country, " claiming that the NDC and the NPP had failed and were loosing popularity in Ghana and that the way forward was for the CPP to unite to reclaim power.
Mr. Atutiga was commended by the Executive Members at Wa, who said for the past six years no chairman outside the region had visited them and urged him not to relent in his quest to help build the party. All the places he went, there was massive commitment and support for the CPP and all those who spoke expressed the hope that the CPP would win power if members stopped "the pull him down attitude" and worked in the interest of the party towards winning power.
Earlier, Mr. Atutiga inducted Alhaji Seidu Saaka, who had been acting for a long time as the substantive chairman of the party in Damongo, and advised members to give him the needed support to develop the party.
22 November 2005
Northern Region CPP chairman speaks on Nkrumaist Unity
Mr. Albert Atutiga, Northern Regional chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP) has appealed to all Nkrumaist parties involved in the unity talks to go beyond discussing the use of symbols and slogans and forge ahead in unity to ensure that the party won power in the 2008 polls to bring good governance to Ghanaians.
He therefore called on all groups and individuals interested in building a winsome Nkrumaist party to marshal resources and strategies to form a formidable CPP to win power in 2008 to rescue the country's economy from a total collapse.
Mr. Atutiga, who spoke to the GNA in an interview in Tamale on Tuesday, said the PNC/CPP merger was a laudable idea and urged executives of the two parties to be wary of detractors who would be doing everything possible to ensure that the talks yielded no dividends.
He said the use of the PNC's symbol of coconut tree and the motto: "Forward ever with honest service" had been agreed and approved at the just ended NEC meeting in Accra and that what mattered most was for all members to support the merger.
He said, if there were others who were still not satisfy with the use of the PNC's symbol of the coconut tree they could use both the coconut tree and cockerel of the CPP to satisfy both parties On the issue of presidential slot, Mr. Atutiga said that would be determined at a National Delegates' Congress and that any one from CPP or PNC would be allowed to contest for various positions.
He expressed the hope that the CPP would win power if members stopped "the pull him down attitude" and worked in the interest of the party towards winning power.
Mr. Atutiga said the way was clear for the Nkrumaist parties to win power "considering current political events in the country" claiming that the NDC and the NPP had failed and were loosing popularity in Ghana and that the way forward was for the CPP to unite to reclaim power.
19 November 2005
Come home to win power - Nkrumaist urged
Mr. Albert Atutiga, Northern Regional Chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP), on Friday called on the fragmented Nkrumaist groups to "come back home" to recapture power from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government in 2008. They should join the unity talks among the Nkrumaist parties towards the formation of a formidable CPP as an alternative government for Ghanaians.
Mr. Atutiga, who was speaking to the GNA in Tamale on Friday, said if all CPP members agreed to come together there would be only few members left for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the NPP. He said Ghanaians are now politically mature in voting saying, "The people can now distinguish between truth and lies and will like to vote for a government of their choice" adding that, "The CPP is the only alternative to the NPP".
The Regional Chairman said the CPP was going to shock the NPP and the NDC in December 2008 to erase the notion that the two parties would be alternating power.
"Let the NPP and the NDC be deceived that they are the only strong parties to alternate power in Ghana. They will fall like the tortoise and break into pieces, which will not be easy for them to get up," he stated.
Mr. Atutiga said division, internal wrangling and logistics caused the party's poor performance in the previous elections and called for total unity and commitment to give meaning to the CPP/PNC's motto "Forward ever, with Honest Service" to ensure victory in the 2008 elections.
The 50-year-old educationist who replaced Alhaji Issah Mobila as Chairman said the top hierarchy of the CPP attached great importance to the fight to win power, adding that, there was no way power would elude the CPP this time.
He said he would embark on a tour of the three regions in the northern part of the country to explain the vision and strategies of the party to win power to the people at the grassroots and appealed to the other members of the leadership not to rest until CPP won power. 19 Nov 05
12 November 2005
CPP most credible alternative for 2008
The National Chairman and Leader of the Conventional People's Party, Dr. Edmund Delle on Saturday said the CPP is the credible alternative party to face the two main political parties boot to boot in the 2008 General election.
He contended that both the National Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) woefully failed Ghanaians and brought untold hardship on them.
Speaking at the National Executive Committee Meeting in Accra he said, " for well over 20 years our governments, the PNDC, NDC and the NPP have pursued socio-economic policies that had been to the detriment of our own people".
Dr Delle noted that the effect of the IMF and World Bank prescribed policies had led unbridled domestic economy and inability of governments to shape the future in accordance with needs and aspirations. "These policies have brought hardship and suffering to our people, their levels of deprivation and poverty have multiplied in several folds thus resulting in dislocations in many aspects of our national life and thereby threatening national cohesion and stability", he stated. He observed that the reason why the party had performed badly in electoral politics since 1992 was because it was fragmented and disunited, saying, "history have it that voters all over the world have rejected fragmented and divided parties."
Dr.Delle told the member to unite and build a strong united front, as at this critical state the unity project is sacrosanct and non-negotiable adding that this will save the party from registering embarrassing results during elections.
"The CPP has a tremendous goodwill from the people therefore, we must prepare adequately to respond to the a nation, bleeding and crying for salvation."
He dwelt on the alliance between CPP and the Peoples National Convention, saying it was imperative for this critical moment and urged the members to throw their weight behind them. Dr Delle said the 2006 budget statement was set within the broad context of structural adjustment programme and therefore was unlikely to bring any significant change in economic policy.
He said in spite of agitations and protestations from civil society and the trade unions about general economic situation and the suffocating effect of petroleum product government had refused to change the direction of economic policy to bring relief to millions of Ghanaians.
The proposal not to tax the minimum wage was a deception in view of the fact that most or all the public sector workers earn above the minimum wage and workers in the informal sector hardly pay taxes. Dr. Delle said the budget was not good for a better future and that it had no room for job creation and was coated with propaganda substance.
He noted that since 2001 government had not been able to achieve single digit inflation claiming that there was no reason to believe that it was in the position of realizing the projected target of a little over 8 per cent next year.
Mr. Dan Lartey, Leader of GCPP in a solidarity message said the breakdown of the CPP was due to the twist and turn of some of the members.
He said the party could only resuscitate if the members eschew their selfish interests, change their attitude and remain sincere and faithful to the broader agenda of the party.
Dr. Tobiga Sintim of the PNC said the hour has come for the Nkrumahist tradition to bring the party to power before they grew old. He said no right thinking person would invest in a splinter party as politics was based on perception and "winability is what everybody yearns for." He gave the assurance that the PNC was ever ready to merge with CPP for victory. Nov. 12 05
09 November 2005
CPP to hold National Executive Council Meeting
The Convention People's Party (CPP) would hold a National Executive Council meeting on Saturday to discuss the Nkrumaist unity accord with the People's National Convention. A statement by Dr Nii Noi Dowuona, General Secretary, said the meeting would receive a report on the unity agreement and discuss a comprehensive organizational programme to rebuild a formidable and united CPP.
The statement said the meeting would bring together members of the Central Committee, National Officers of the Party, Members of Parliament, Regional Steering Committees and representatives of the Council of Elders, Women's League, overseas and tertiary institutions branches.
The Central Committee at its meeting held in Accra on October 27 appealed to the rank and file to give active support to the unity and organization agenda in a bid to mobilize all available material and human resources of the political family to present a sound pragmatic agenda that would meet the wishes and aspirations of the electorate.