A Political Scientist has condemned the absence of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Saturday Conference.
Professor Ransford Gyampo argues that it is a conventional for representatives of opposition parties to be present at one another’s National Delegates Conference/Congress and it was wrong of the NDC to break same.
“What NDC did by absenting themselves from the Conference is unprecedented and it is a bogus practice that is not worthy of emulation,” Prof Gyampo said.
Prof Ransford Gyampo
“Whatever their reasons may be, it is unacceptable and it is not something that must be countenanced,” he added.
He argued that in the political dispensation of Ghana, the only platform that enables the public to see political combatants together is at a presidential debate or at an opponent’s Conference or Congress.
“That is when you have other Political Parties coming there to show solidarity and giving a message that shows even though we at each other’s throats we are together…it’s a way of cushioning us against democratic relapse and conflict,” he argued.
“We have done this from 1992 till now,” he added.
Prof Gyampo said that NDC cannot be justified by saying they were mourning the late former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
“If we are mourning, don’t we stop and eat? It would have been nice if they went there in their black attire and before reading their message the leader says let’s observe a moment of silence for the late Veep,” he said.
“When the NDC is organising their Congress don’t pay them back in own coin,” he admonished the NPP.
Meanwhile, Director of Research for the NPP confirmed to Joy News that the NPP had extended invitation to the NDC.
It is, however, unclear why the biggest opposition party failed to turn up at the Saturday Conference.
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