A group identifying itself as the Concerned NPP Members in the Central Region has called on the National Executives of the NPP to equally apply rules to ranking members.
In a statement by the group, it intimated that the address has been necessitated by certain disturbing development in the New Patriotic Party which needs to be tackled since they are all card-bearing members.
“We the concerned members of the party in the Central Region stand in support of all the grassroots members of the party who have suffered one form of unfavorable discrimination or the other.”Concerned NPP Members
The Group asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Former President, John Agyekum Kufuor and some other leaders to speak up against what they believe is the unfair application of the rules of engagement ahead of the party’s upcoming internal elections.
The group indicated that the General Secretary of the party, Mr. John Boadu, had released rules and regulations to regulate the conduct of the upcoming internal elections of the party. It explained that this was relative to the behavior and conduct of the would-be aspirants and their supporters, with particular emphasis on the presidential primary.
Violation of rules
However, the Concerned NPP Members noted that since the release of the rules and regulations, a number of high-ranking members of the party have openly violated the rules and regulations by declaring their support for the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
“Prominent among these party officials who have blatantly violated the party’s rules and regulations are as follows: Deputy General Secretary of the party, Mr Obiri Boahen, the Northern Regional Executives led by chairman Samba, the first Vice regional chairman of Ashanti, Mr. Kwabena Nsenkyire, the Member of Parliament for Karaga Hon Amin Anta, the Member of Parliament for Tolon Hon Habib Iddrisu and Hon Farouk Mahama, MP for Yendi and some others.”Concerned NPP Members
According to the group, violators of the rules and regulations were to be dealt with in accordance with the party’s disciplinary procedures, which is spelt out in the party’s constitution but that hasn’t happened.
“Interestingly, even though the actions of the above-mentioned officials and senior members clearly violate the party’s code of conduct, none of these blatant violators have been called to order by the National Executives of the party.”Concerned NPP Members
The concerned group intimated that it had to express its concerns about the “recent animal farm kind of leadership style” the national and some regional executives of the party have demonstrated. This, it revealed, if not checked immediately and urgently could negatively affect the NPP’s chances of winning the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.
These acts of selective application of the party’s rules and regulations, according to the group must certainly be of concern to any true member of the party hoping for victory in 2024. It explained that when people feel intimidated or discriminated against, they either recoil or rebel which is not good for the party.
“When people decide to recoil as a result of what is currently happening in the party, it would definitely affect our chances in the 2024 election. And, when people decide to rebel by fighting back, it would lead to disintegration of the party and, hence, negatively affect our chances.”Concerned NPP Members