Akufo-Addo: No president can impose candidate in NPP flagbearer elections.

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Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasized strongly that he or no president can impose a candidate on the New Patriotic Party(NPP) against its wishes.

The president, in a meeting with communicators of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Jubilee House on August 2, 2023, asserted that the NPP is not a party that subscribes to a cult of personality , but has respected its democratic processes.

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Responding to an appeal by the NPP Director of Communications regarding the party’s conduct in the upcoming election, President Akufo-Addo expressed the need to learn from past experiences to avoid a repeat of the party’s loss in 2008.

He pointed out the challenges faced during the 8-year rule of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), including dumsor (power outages), mismanagement of the economy, and corruption, which adversely affected Ghana’s economic development.

Touching on internal contestations within the party, the President highlighted the importance of unity and the rejection of ethnic and religious-based campaigning. He urged party members to focus their energies on defeating their political opponents rather than engaging in divisive politics against fellow party members.

President Akufo-Addo firmly denied allegations that his government was intimidating or coercing party faithful to support a particular presidential aspirant, namely the Vice President. He assured the communicators that no one in the party had been asked to endorse any candidate, and that his government remains neutral in the internal contestations.

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Akufo-Addo encourages party members to unite to win power in 2024

In conclusion, President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed the NPP’s commitment to democratic principles and urged all party members to uphold the spirit of unity, focusing on the betterment of Ghana and its citizens.

He assured that the Presidential Candidate would be chosen democratically by an Electoral College consisting of approximately 250,000 individuals, and he would have just one vote like any other polling station executive in the country.

He urged all members of the NPP to share the same objective of winning the 2024 elections convincingly, securing a majority of seats in Parliament for the party’s parliamentary candidates, and ultimately having their flagbearer become the President of the Republic.

While he welcomes constructive discussions on how to achieve this goal, he does not condone any actions that could jeopardize the party’s pursuit of victory. Instead, he seeks to collaborate with all members who share the common objective of securing success in the upcoming elections.

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