Mpiani cautions NPP executives

Posted: June 24, 2010 in Politics
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The former Chief of Staff in the Kufuor administration, Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani, has cautioned members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) occupying various positions in the party, not to impose any of the five candidates aspiring to lead the party, on delegates who would be exercising their franchise in the party’s August showdown to elect a leader. “Whenever I meet the executives, I tell them to not impose any candidate on the delegates. They should let them decide on their own, as to who should lead the party. It is very dangerous if you impose a candidate on the delegates,” he noted, adding, “in case a different candidate, other than the one that we impose on the delegates wins, how do you work with that fellow?”

Mr. Mpiani gave the warning during an exclusive interview with The Chronicle at his residence in Accra last Friday.

He advised the leadership of the party not to publicly declare their support for a particular candidate, since it had the tendency of bringing about divisions among party members.

He believes that one of the reasons why some people openly declare their support for a candidate hoping to lead a political party is the perception they have about the other candidates.

He however noted, “The most dangerous thing in politics is perception. Somebody may tell you this or that about a particular candidate, but it behoves on you the individual to find out whether those things are true or not.”

“One’s perception about a candidate may be right or wrong, and that is why I’m saying that if you are not careful, it will lead to divisions in the party, which will not foster development.”

He recounted how in the run up to the 1996 general elections, he, then as vice chairman of the NPP, and the other executives of the party, came out publicly to declare their support for Prof. Adu Boahene (deceased), who was contesting for the flag-bearership slot of the NPP, together with John Agyekum Kufuor and some others.

“When Prof. Adu Boahene entered the Legon Hall, the thunderous applause he received alone, shook the entire building, but he lost to Kufuor. After that, we all became afraid of getting closer to Kufuor until he himself called us that we were able to join the campaign train,” he noted.

The NPP goes into polls in August to chose a flag-bearer who will lead the party in their quest to wrestle power from the ruling NDC.

As the race for the flag-bearership gathers momentum, some party bigwigs occupying certain positions have publicly come out to declare to their support for a particular candidate among the five seeking to lead the party, namely, Kumasi-based Apostle Kodua, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Isaac Osei, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen.

Notable among the personalities who have openly declared their support for a particular candidate, include some Members of Parliament (MP) and former Ministers of State in the previous government.

Candidate Nana Addo has in his camp Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, Dominic Nitiwul (MP for Bimbilla), Yaw Osafo Marfa, former Minister of Finance and Economic/Planning, Albert Kan-Dapaah, MP for Afigya-Sekyere and former Minister of Defence, Isaac Asiamah and MP for Atwimaa Mponua, among many others.

Candidate Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen also has in his camp high profile ranking personalities who include Kwabena Agyapong, former Spokesperson for ex President Kufuor, Buabeng Asamoah, and the MP for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah.

Renowned Economist Kwame Pianim recently came out to declare his support for Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng.

Little, however, is said to be known about the support base of candidates Isaac Osei and Apostle Kodua.


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