Don't rejoice over NPP troubles - Political parties warned

He explained that the internal squabble in the NPP can happen to any other political party because the country’s political terrain is “very sensitive.”

 

A member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Professor Nii Noi Dowuna has admonished political parties in Ghana not to jubilate over the current crisis within New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“I don’t think this is anything for anybody to be happy about because it can happen to any party…Even the NDC that seemingly has its internal cohesion holding – this is a very sensitive political terrain and between now and November 7 next year is quite a long time for anything to happen,” he warned.

The National Chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko has been indefinitely suspended from the party following a petition of misconduct filed against him by the party’s council of elders.

He has however declared the decision taken by the National Executive Committee (NEC) illegal.

Speaking on Radio Gold on Saturday, Prof Dowuna who is also a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana served notice to the NPP that “wishing away Paul Afoko will not bring about anything good.”

“I can only appeal to the NPP and the elders must resolve this matter as soon as possible because if anybody ever thinks that wishing away Paul Afoko will translate into votes, then they must be very careful,” he said.

No fairness

Prof. Dowuna was of the view that the NPP has so far not been fair to Mr. Afoko.

“I need not take sides but they have not been fair to Paul Afoko on the basis that he had a mandate and if you trace back to 2007 at the congress at Legon, there is everything out there to say that politically, they are witch hunting him and we have seen the happenings since the congress of last year that everything is being done to really make him very, very unpopular and uncomfortable. It is clear! We don’t run parties that way.”

He further urged politicians to take note that they do not own the Ghanaian electorates and must therefore be mindful of the treatment they mete out to their elected officials.

“I have always said this and for some reason, because of arrogance and conceited character of political leadership, we think that we own the electorate. We don’t own anybody…in politics; you don’t own the wishes, aspirations and decisions of the electorate!  Everybody has one vote of equal value.”

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