Election 2016 Nana Addo can't unify his people - Lecturer

Nana Akufo-Addo said his party would say “Thank you” to any member who decides to quit as a result of losing an internal election

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Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo play

Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo

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A political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr Edward Brenya has criticised the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, after saying that the party would thank any member who decides to quit as a result of losing an internal election.

Nana Addo, addressing members of the party at a rally at Shiabu, Dansoman, in the Ablekuma West constituency on Tuesday, 4 October, during his tour of the Greater Accra Region said members who quit after losing internal polls were not true members.

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He said "Our party selects leaders though internal elections. I, myself, was elected through such a process. True party people stay with the party whether they win or lose. My colleague Alan Kyerematen, who I beat in our primaries, is still here with me. He even speaks on my behalf. However, if you lose internal elections and you get disgruntled and decide to leave the party, then you are not a true NPP member."

But according to Dr Edward Brenya on Accra-based Class FM, "He [Nana Addo] is already being questioned that he is not the type that can unify people. I don't think that whatever has happened with Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong and others should have happened if Nana Akufo-Addo, right from the beginning, had actually exercised a level of [commitment] to unify people. He would have been able to handle it. NPP is not the first party to have seen these kinds of things that emerged but what have we seen? Other people were sacked in constituencies and it is going on and on."

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"Now we have people that are going independent and the only thing you can tell them is 'thank you because you are not patriotic'? What kind of leadership is that? ... He needs to look at the human side of issues and remember that winning elections is about numbers and you do everything that it takes to get the numbers to support you," Dr Brenya added.

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However, Nii Noi Nortey, the Independent parliamentary candidate in an interview on Accra-based Accra FM said "We felt disappointed in the way issues were handled that led to this situation but we have moved on. We felt things were not handled the right way but we have moved on because we have only a few months to the elections. Honestly speaking, on my side, I felt the leadership of the party, not Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo alone, but the leadership and the management of the party in my case, was unfair.”

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