Kufuor raises concerns over factionalism within NPP

In a candid expression of concern, former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor has drawn attention to what he sees as deep-rooted factionalism within the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

John Kufuor

The statesman, who led Ghana between 2000 and 2008, emphasized that the NPP of today appears significantly different from its past iterations.

Speaking in an interview with Accra-based TV3, Mr. Kufuor called for a meticulous reevaluation of the party's activities as it charts its path forward. He underscored the pivotal role of unwavering commitment within the party, likening it to a form of dedication akin to religious belief.

The former president lamented that the strong commitment he once sensed within the party seems to have waned over time. He emphasized the importance of upholding true democratic values, with an emphasis on inclusivity over factionalism.

Mr. Kufuor noted that the overemphasis on factions, whether at the constituency or national level, fosters division and hinders collaborative efforts.


He stressed, "The way I feel it, I don’t sense the same strong commitment. I have likened commitment to almost a religion. I don’t sense that now. We are talking proper democracy, an inclusive one, you wouldn’t emphasize factions."

He further elaborated that in the practice of proper democracy, the selection of candidates for constituencies or national positions should not be divisive, leading to the formation of factions. Such divisions, he argued, weaken the party's collective strength.

As the NPP grapples with internal dynamics and shifts, these concerns raised by former President Kufuor underscore the need for a united front to navigate the intricate political landscape of Ghana.


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