A nine-member national executive of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has been inaugurated with a call on Ghanaians to support the Nkrumaist party to victory in 2016.
Making the appeal at the handover ceremony at the party’s headquarters in Accra yesterday, the immediate past National Chairperson of the party, Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah, said ‘’joining us will be the beginning of a change that Ghanaians are preparing to effect in 2016 by voting into office a party that is following Kwame Nkrumah to complete his decolonisation agenda’’.
The nine-member national executive is made up of the National Chairman, Professor Edmund Delle; the Ist Vice-Chairman, Hajia Hamidatu Haruna; the 2nd Vice-Chairman, Madam Susan Adu Amankwah; and the 3rd Vice-Chairman, Alhaji Abdul Rahman Tijani.
The rest are the General Secretary, Nii Armah Akomfrah; the National Women’s Organiser, Hajia Aisha Futa; the National Organiser, Emmanuel Kwabena Kwao Ogbordjor; the National Youth Organiser, Mr Ernesto Yeboah; and the National Treasurer, Mr Godwin Etroo.
They are expected to be guided by the highest interest of the country in general and that of the party in particular. Additionally, the new executive is expected to prepare the party to hold its presidential and parliamentary primaries in due course to prosecute the 2016 elections.
According to Samia Nkrumah, “Osagyefo promised political independence and delivered; today, we promise you economic independence and we would deliver, through active state participation in the productive sectors of the economy.’’
She, therefore, urged the new executive to pursue the programmes initiated by the old executive, prominent among which is the strengthening of the grass-roots mobilisation drive.
Ms Samia Nkrumah expressed the belief that through the electronic database and management system for members, especially at the grass-roots level, the party could capture more members.
She noted that the database would not only serve as a credible register but a reliable source of funding party projects through payments of membership dues.
She also called for the pursuit of the party’s ideological education programme started by the immediate past national executive as well as the legal action to claim the party’s properties confiscated after the overthrow of Nkrumah’s government.
Gavel and Scroll
Receiving the gavel and scroll of office, Professor Delle promised to operate a transparent administration that would rely on its members to execute its campaign without looking to any party for assistance.
He said under his administration, the CPP party would not be linked to the apron strings of any political party but would be prepared to welcome any new members because the party’s doors were opened for vigorous membership drive.
Prof. Delle said the party needed a new type of member who was modest, honest, dedicated and well informed, who would submerge his personal interests for the sake of the party and national interest.
It will be recalled that in the 2012 election, the CPP’s Presidential Candidate, Dr Micheal Foster Abu Sakara, got 20,323 votes representing 0.18 per cent while it got one parliamentary seat from Kumbungu through a by-election. In the 2008 polls, its presidential candidate, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, garnerd 113, 494 votes representing 1.34 per cent and had one parliamentary seat in the Jomoro Constituency,