CPP likely to rule Ghana in 2016 – Samia

The Convention People’s Party is placing premium on building a visible party that is visible, attractive and trustworthy to win the 2016 general elections.

With a clear policy direction, loyal, dedicated and committed members across the country, the chairperson of the party Samia Yaba Nkrumah said the CPP could perform creditably well in the next polls.

“We want to be efficient, well organised, promising not only to prosecute the 2016 agenda but to win that year’s election.

She was speaking to the Daily Graphic at the weekend.

According to her, the CPP has put its house in order by looking within, strengthening internal reforms and doing whatever it taesk to grow the party.

The party’s chairperson also noted that it is their firm belief that the nation’s salvation lay in the election of a CPP government with its development policy guidelines of Nkrumaism as a well-oiled mechanism to transform Ghana’s neo-colonial economy.

This, Samia Nkrumah pointed out, will redeem the nation from unemployment, poverty and more of the same defective development policies by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP), which she said will bring no improvement in the standard of living of the people.

Choice facing Ghanaians
In her view, coming into political office during the next polls is likely for the CPP especially in view of the poor performance by NPP and NDC administrations.

Are we going to follow SAP and trade liberalism or follow the development agenda of Nkrumaism as seen in the 1960s. This period, she said, was referred to as Golden years of Ghana. The choice she stressed is clear for the Ghanaian electorate. ‘Nkrumaism holds the key to our development and the search for economic freedom.’ she added.

Reforms and Transparency
According to the CPP chairperson, members of the party are consulting each other to agree on a set of internal reforms and insist on transparency in the operations of the party.

‘We intend to make our operations transparent. Already, we have completed our financial statement/report and very soon we will submit it to the Electoral Commission as required by the electoral laws.” Ms Nkrumah disclosed.

In all of these, she stressed that ‘we are calling for greater transparency in all of our operations to be attractive and competitively ready for the 2016 elections.

E-data base
As part of measures to effectively organise the party, Ms Nkrumah further disclosed that the CPP had developed a national electronic database of members. “We are piloting it and discussing how to manage it”, she told the Daily Graphic, explaining that the electronic database, which would serve as a register to assess the party’s strength and for dues payment, would also form the basis of the party’s re-organisation and mobilisation drive.

Related to that, she said the party was targeting the youth. ‘If you examine our membership, you will see a lot of young people receptive to ideals of self-reliance. Once we start doing these things, the party would attract support and would be taken more seriously, Ms Nkrumah hoped.

Confiscated assets
Samia disclosed that the CPP was working hard to recover all its confiscated assets. “We are in the process of completing the full documentation of our main assets across the country. We will not relent in this enterprise”, Ms Nkrumah pointed out, saying “If need be, we will resort to all actions, including legal.’

CPP and goodwill
Commenting on why the party has not taken advantage of its goodwill, the CPP chair explained that “we have not had the courage to speak our mind and tell Ghanaians what they need to know about the CPP. We have not been strong on party education and ideology. For instance, what does the CPP stand for, its mission, aim of party educational programme etc?”.

“‘From educational perspective, we have not been able to reach out to the electorate. From now onwards, I can assure you we will be on the ground, battle-ready.”

She said the party has the needed financial resources to accomplish all its public education programmes, stressing “I don’t buy the idea of lack of resources. I firmly believe a party must run with a disciplined force. It must first have a good message, efficient organisational capabilities and some resources and I can assure you we would get better results. We believe sooner or later an Nkrumaist party will come into political office or power,’ she predicted.

According to Ms Nkrumah, the new CPP is emerging and recalled that after the 2012 polls, many people wrote us off but we proved our skeptics wrong with the by-election in Kumbungu.

“We saw the situation as an opportunity to search deep into ourselves and bring out the most convinced political thought. We won that election.”

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