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.