27 January 2006

CPP pressure group urges Council of Elders to resolve differences

CPP pressure group urges Council of Elders to resolve differences

Accra, Jan. 25, GNA- The Patriots, a pressure group of the Convention People's Party (CPP), on Wednesday expressed grave concern about developments in the Party that seem to undermine unity and peace and urged the Council of Elders to step in and find an amicable settlement.

"The state of the Party now requires the fullest cooperation of all members, including the members of the National Executive Committee, Parliamentarians and the rank and file of the Party," the Patriots said in a statement released on Wednesday in Accra.

It also said: "In our considered opinion, differences within the Party must be resolved within the Party using the relevant organs and structures prescribed by the Party's constitution. It is highly unacceptable for bodies or groups within the Party to trade accusations in the public domain when acceptable methods are available to be exploited."

The group reminded officers and non-officers of the CPP that their actions must serve to promote unity and peace and not create disharmony, adding "the press war must cease forthwith."

The Patriots said they were committed to building a strong and united CPP capable of winning the 2008 Elections.

"The most essential prerequisite to win the elections in 2008, however, is to rebuild the party structures and make them functional." Months of strained ties between the national executives and the Party's three members of parliament (MPs) erupted once again last week, with the MPs asking for the resignation of the party's executives while the Central Committee has demanded their expulsion from the Party. The Central Committee has referred a motion it passed in Kumasi calling for the dismissal of the Party's three Parliamentarians to its Disciplinary Committee for the necessary action.

The Parliamentarians are: Mr Freddie Blay, Second Deputy Speaker and MP for Ellembele, Dr Paa Kwasi Nduom, MP for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem and Minister of State in Charge of Public Sector Reforms and Mr Kojo Armah, MP for Evalue-Gwira.

The MPs said an interim executive should be put in place to supervise the re-organisation of the party.

A statement signed by the three members and read by Dr Nduom said the leadership of the CPP had demonstrated their inability to lead the party to achieve the objective they themselves have loudly and proudly championed.

"We have observed with deep concern and disappointment the situation of lack of effective organisation and common purpose in the CPP."

"The fact of the matter is that there is a leadership crisis within the CPP, which has led to the party achieving disastrous result in the December 2004 elections."

In a reaction to the statement from the MPs, the CPP said at the meeting the Central Committee in Kumasi, members' attention was formally drawn to a press release from the three Parliamentarians calling for the resignation of the executives.

"After exhaustive discussions involving the review of the track record of the conduct of the Parliamentarians, members of the Central Committee were of the firm view that the three Parliamentarians deserved to be dismissed from the Party. A motion to that effect was overwhelmingly carried."

The Committee finally decided to refer the motion to the National Disciplinary Committee.

The statement said: "The CPP deems it a duty to the public that it took serious view of the various and cumulative acts of indiscipline, disloyalty, bringing the Party into disrepute, contempt and public ridicule and breaching provision of the Party's Constitution.

25 Jan. 06

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