The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, and presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has urged the rank and file of the party to prepare well and organise properly to win the trust of the Ghanaian people come 2024 general elections.
The Legislator stressed that at the end of the day, if the NPP puts its house in order, it will present the electorate with a choice to make a better and effective decision.
He also insisted that the NPP cannot afford to relinquish political power to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the alternative party would “be worse and scary to the prospects of the country”.
The Assin Central legislator has, therefore, advised the NPP not to waste time on the political gimmicks of the NDC national executives, but focus on the 2024 general election.
He maintained that the crop of leaders elected by the NDC, particularly, party Chairman, Asiedu Nketiah, and General Secretary Fiifi Kwetey, signals that the opposition party is poised to turn the 2024 electioneering campaign on insults and propaganda.
Mr Agyapong recalled how these same persons fabricated documents and assigned money in false bank accounts for him and other NPP stalwarts ahead of the 2008 general election as a ploy to hoodwink Ghanaians into believing that members of the then ruling government were dissipating state resources for themselves.
He indicated that although those stories were untrue, many Ghanaians believed them, affecting the electoral fortunes of the NPP.
Consequently, he has cautioned the NPP to devise strategies to counter any such allegations if the NDC brings them up.
Mr. Agyapong praised the national officers of the NPP for the steps taken to bring the party and government together for a common purpose.
He emphasised that closeness in party and government is important for ensuring unity to ‘break the eight’ years governance cycle, adding that disunity could break their front.
According to him, it affords opportunity for government and other officials to liaise with each other in the implementation of policies and programmes.
He pledged his support to whoever would be elected flagbearer of the party and called on others in the party to do same, saying unity would be key to the party’s victory in 2024.
As the NPP continues to consolidate its democracy and reap the dividend thereof, he said it would not be out of place to commend the citizens, particularly party faithfuls and indeed all stakeholders for the various roles they have all played since the inception of the Fourth Republic to entrench the country’s democracy.