NPP Nat. Delegates’ Conference:Party Hopefuls defy NPP’s directive as they openly campaign at Conference grounds
Story by: Ishmael Barfi- Kumasi
Hopefuls who intend to contest for various positions in in the ruling party, New Patriotic Party (NPP), are seen in openly campaigning and interacting with delegates against the directive of the party that, no campaign, paraphernalia, signboards at the Conference grounds, heroes park, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
As the National Delegates Conference begins today, 18th December, 2021, delegates are seen trooping in and cheering aspirants who are equally engaging them, hence marketing themselves for the party next national Officers’ elections.
Some of the aspirants seen openly interacting with delegates as well marketing themselves are Justin Kodua for National General Secretary, Dr. I. T Yusif Tedam for National Treasurer,Abanga for National Youth Organiser.
On 10th December, 2021, the party in a Press Release banned all activities related to internal party contests, Parliamentary and Presidential Primaries ahead of it’s National Delegates Conference.
The announcement of the ban comes after a National Steering Committee meeting held on Thursday 9th December 2021, acting under Article 10 (10) (1) of the Constitution of the Party and in furtherance of the Code of Conduct issued under Article 18 to regulate and guide the activities of members prior to the opening of nominations.
The decision by the National Steering Committee of the party is to ban the display of paraphernalia and advocacy for individual aspirants at the upcoming National Annual Delegates Conference.
Furthermore, the Release pointed out that, no t-shirts, flyers, brochures, and or souvenirs, branded and or embossed with the portraits and names of individuals, shall be allowed within the precincts of the Conference, including but not limited to places of accommodation for delegates.
“Any person, with or without their consent, whose image is flaunted on any advocacy material and who does not take active steps to desist from any public displays of aspiration for position within the precincts of Greater Kumasi, runs a higher risk of disqualification in the event nominations are declared opened”, it emphasized.
According to the Director of Communications, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, the 2021 National Annual Delegates Conference is a time of renewal for the Party.
Adding that, “though we cherish the Party tradition of democratic competition, we believe well-meaning aspirants will appreciate the need for such measures, which are necessary to enable a clear focus on the aims of the Conference”.
Speaking of the purpose of the Conference, he stated that, the true spirit behind the Conference is to enhance Party unity around the singular effort of working closely with Ghanaians as we recover from Covid-19 and rebuild the country’s economy in new ways to feed into a future of shared growth.
“The Party will also be focused on dealing with constitutional amendments proposed by members”, he noted.
The Conference represents the end of a five-month long, but fruitful process, starting in August 2021 under strict Covid-19 protocols, 275 Constituency Annual Delegates Conferences and 16 Regional Annual Delegates Conferences been held, bringing together nearly 300,000 people, a feat unequalled in this era of Covid-19.