An aspiring General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ramseyer Ahmed Agyeman-Prempeh, has appealed to the party’s delegates to protect their interest by voting him into office.
He explained that it is important that the needs of aggrieved members of the party and grassroots members are taken care of, pledging to galvanise grassroots support to enable the party retain power in the 2024 general elections.
“I would do this through resolving the concerns of members of the party to keep them in the party, and bring in more members. Party politics, it is said, is about numbers and, therefore, everything humanly possible ought to be done to avoid party members and sympathisers becoming apathetic after the elections,” he said in a statement.
The General Secretary hopeful promised to take conflict and grievance handling problems as corporate priority issues that require immediate attention.
“Since unresolved grievances can degenerate into fully-fledged conflicts, it is incumbent upon the General Secretary to respond to both inter-conflicts and intra-conflicts with alacrity. I will assemble and reconcile aggrieved members to significantly increase NPP’s presidential and parliamentary votes to ‘break the eight’ years’ governance cycle and create opportunity for all,” he assured.
Touching on good governance, Agyeman-Prempeh said he would help facilitate the establishment of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia Institute of Good Governance.
This, he said, would provide the platform for training polling station executives, electoral area coordinators, constituency and regional executives, party functionaries and the general public on electoral issues, good governance and economic development.
“This institution will, among others, serve as an Ideological Institute that will train NPP youth to appreciate the contributions of the UGCC’s Big Six (1947 – 48), like Dr. J.B. Danquah, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Lawyer Edward Akuffo-Addo, Ako Adjei, Obetsebi Lamptey and Ofori Atta, not forgetting their Chairman and Sponsor, George Paa Grant.
“The youth also need to appreciate the significant contributions of S. D. Dombo, Tolon-Naa Yakubu Tali, Abayefa Karbo, Jato Kaleo, J. A. Braimah (East Gonja Constituency), Mumuni Bawumia (West Mamprusi Constituency) and the rest of the Northern People’s Party (NPP – 1951). They must appreciate the historic contributions of Okyeame Baffour Akoto and the NLM (1954) and Kofi Abrefa Busia’s G.C.P (1956) to the formation of the United Party (U. P) Tradition which gave birth to Busia’s Progress Party Government (1969 – 1972),” he stated.
Mr Agyeman-Prempeh further vowed to improve the welfare of the special wings of the party, namely TESCON and Youth Wing, Women Wing, NASARA and External Branches.
“TESCON and Youth Wing will be given special attention. For instance, it should not only be the TESCON President who should have voting right, but also the other TESCON executives need to be given the franchise. Women Wing needs entrepreneurial finance to augment MASLOC facilities,” he noted.
The NASARA Wing, he said, requires special attention to make it stand out, and assured to collaborate with the Nasara coordinators at the national, regional and constituency levels to increase NPP’s development projects for Zongo communities.
“Consequently, this would increase votes for NPP in national elections. External Branches will be given special attention to enhance their membership drive, and highlight the impact of the diaspora on the performance of NPP,” he stressed.