30 January 2006
Patriots Of Ghana call for truce in the CPP
Accra, Jan. 30, GNA - Mr Eric Benyarko, National Chairman of "The Patriots," a pressure group in the Convention People's Party (CPP), on Tuesday appealed to protagonists engaged in the recent rumpus within the Party to stop the media war with immediate effect.
The National Executive Committee, and the three Members of Parliament must implore on their various supporters and media collaborators to stop the press war as it was affecting the growth of the Party, he said.
Mr Benyarko in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra urged the three Parliamentarians - 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 - to withdraw their letter calling on the Leadership to resign and the Central Committee also to withdraw its letter to the Disciplinary Committee recommending the dismissal of the MPs as first steps towards reconciliation.
The factions should have a roundtable to deal with the matter internally without attracting the bad publicity, "this is not a win or loss case because bad publicity affects the fortunes of a party in an elections, he said.
Mr Benyarko urged all to adhere to and follow the provisions the Party's Constitution and the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. He said: "Any time you use an illegality to change an order, you spend more time and resources trying legitimise the change. "The CPP has no time, resources and energy to fight a protracted dispute either internally or eternally at the law courts, we need stability and sanity internally to fight our opponents." The Chairman of The Patriots also challenged the Leadership of the Party to come out immediately with re-organisational plan to revamp it throughout the country.
"The unity talks should not stall our organisational programme," he said, and urged the National Executive Committee to make the Party relevant in modern day politics.
Mr Benyarko reiterated a call to the Council of Elders to step in to 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," he stressed.
He said the 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, Mr Benyarko said.
He said the Patriots were committed to building a strong and united CPP capable of winning Election 2008. "The most essential prerequisite to win the elections in 2008, however, is to rebuild the Party structures and make them functional."