Akuffo-Addo, losing aspirants meet

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer for Election 2012, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and three former presidential aspirants have started what they call strategic meetings towards capturing political power in 2012.

The breakfast meeting, which was held at Nana Akufo-Addo’s father’s residence close to the Nima Police Station, was attended by Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, Mr Isaac Osei and Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng. Rev. John Kwame Kodua was represented by an aide.

In attendance were the campaign managers of all the five aspirants who contested the NPP presidential primary.

Briefing the media after the meeting yesterday, Nana Akufo-Addo said once the issue of who would lead the party had been settled, the next move was to strategically design the way forward in executing the 2012 campaign.

“We must come on board immediately to ensure that the NPP wins the votes of the great majority of the Ghanaian people in the 2012 Election.”

He said that “Our party calls all of us to duty and we have a huge responsibility on our hands to ensure that the party wins power in 2012. Saturday’s election is a victory for our party but as we all know the major task of winning power in 2012 is only just the beginning,” Akufo-Addo stated.

He expressed satisfaction with the cordiality and brotherliness that permeated the meeting, especially “the solidarity and high sense of purpose” that was exhibited by all.

He said it was abundantly clear that it was the NPP that held the key to the development of the country and that “we as leaders of the NPP must stick together and come up with the blueprint for- development that will meet the aspirations of our people”.

According to the NPP flag bearer, he was very happy with the meeting, which was the first of many to be held till the 2012 elections, and said he was operating an open-door policy.

“My house, office and person are open to all at all times for the execution of our common enterprise”.

Mr Kyerematen said the NPP tradition was founded on the values and principles of competition, adding that after the contest the next move was for all to collaborate and cooperate with the elected leader to provide Ghanaians with a better agenda.

He said all true NPP members believed in the supremacy of the party and that all such people always worked in tandem with the popularly elected leader to execute the programme of the party, which was to win power. He said he and his supporters had already agreed on the broad framework to work to win power, adding, “Once the competition is over, we have moved into a new phase of collaboration which demanded that we all pool our resources to execute an efficient, effective and successful campaign.”

Mr Osei told the press that he was not discouraged by the turn of events, particularly how he fared in the elections, saying what was important was for all of them to marshal their experiences and resources to ensure that the NPP, led by Nana Akufo-Addo won the 2012 elections.

“I will certainly bring my contribution because I believe that the NPP is the party for our country and it will move it forward developmentally,” he added.

The National Chairman of the NPP, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, for his part, said he was very proud and excited at the show of maturity, quality leadership and unity exhibited by the four leading members of the party who had just come out of a competition.

He said the main purpose of the meeting was to gather the strengths and strategies of all in prosecuting the” 2012 agenda.

Source: Daily Graphic