Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the withdrawal of the affirmative action directive by the National Council on Wednesday, April 1 shows how listening the party is.
“When decisions are made by leadership and the grassroots disagree with it, as good leaders, you have to take those concerns on board,” Nana Addo said.
“We are a listening party, ‘Ye tie obiaa, and that is what the National Council has done.”
Nana Addo was speaking on Thursday, when executives of the Ablekuma West Constituency called on him to thank him and the Council over the suspension of that directive.
They were led by former constituency chairman Theophilus Tettey, who has declared intention to challenge incumbent Member of Parliament Ursula Owusu Ekuful.
He explained that, in the aftermath of the directives by National Executive Committee, his constituents organised a series of demonstrations as they considered the proposals detrimental to the fortunes of the party in 2016.
“We even took our protests to the doorstep of our leader, Nana Akufo-Addo. He urged us to halt the protests, which we did, and assured us that the leadership of the Party will take a second look at the directives,” Mr Tettey said.
“True to Nana Akufo-Addo’s word, the National Council met on Wednesday and have withdrawn these directives. We are here today to say a big thank you to him. The NPP has a listening presidential candidate and, on behalf of all the constituency executives, we want to assure him that we will work harder than ever to make him President in 2017 because Ghanaians need a listening President to solve the myriad of problems confronting the nation.”
On his part, Nana Akufo-Addo thanked the executives for the visit and reassured them that the directives issued by NEC were not meant to favour nor hinder any particular person.
They were intended to promote the visibility of women in our parliamentary party, he said.
He urged the executives to ensure that the upcoming parliamentary primaries are conducted in a manner that will give Ghanaians the confidence to entrust us with the mantle of leadership, adding that “Ghanaians want change and want a President from the NPP.”