Jake, others have no moral right to seek re-election; NPP MP charges

The Member of Parliament for Okaikoi North, Patrick Boamah wants national executives seeking re-election to be shown the exit for failing to give a good account of their stewardship.

The MP, like his other colleagues in Parliament who are angered by claims by the executive that there is no money for a centralized congress, told Joy FM’s Top Story Thursday that none of the executive members has the “moral right to seek re-election”.

He said he would not be surprised that when the current leadership is allowed to have their way, without recourse to the party’s constitution, subsequent congress and elections of national executives would be reduced to the constituency level.

“The Executive, if they tell us that there is no money, then they don’t even have the moral right to seek re-election as some of them are doing; they don’t have the moral right for us to go and vote for them again; next four years they will come and tell us that now we can’t even have a centralized election lets vote at the constituency centres. We don’t have to have that precedent.”

New Patriotic Party Members of Parliament have been demanding answers as to why the National Executive say the party does not have enough funds to organize its national conference and elections in March.

Aside the membership dues and other contributions, the MPs contribute about 35,000 cedis monthly to the party.

The over one hundred MPs are therefore up in arms against the National Chairman of the party, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and the Executive Committee for setting aside the party’s constitution and choosing to organise decentralised elections.

Mr. Obetsebi Lamptey had insisted the party cannot afford the estimated one million cedis needed to fully implement the constitutional provision that requires the gathering of delegates in a centralized location for the purposes of electing national officers.

But Patrick Yaw Boamah insisted on a centralized congress where the current Executive would render account to the party.

He indicated that claims that the party is broke is untenable, stressing that in his opinion the party is the strongest party with the capacity to raise funds for such a congress.

On his part, the Minority Chief Whip and former General Secretary of the Party, Dan Botwe said MPs cannot accept the excuse that there was insufficient funds in the party’s coffers.

He described the Executives’ claim as unfortunate and indicated that it is shameful for people to know that a party like the NPP is cashstrapped.

He is, therefore, demanding that the Executive give “other reasons instead of cost”.

Head of the Political Science Department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Richard Amoako-Baah wondered why the Executive were now talking about lack of money.

For him, “there is no excuse to say there is no money”.

He also noted that politicians have failed to separate government from the governing party, a situation that accounts for practice where governing parties have sufficient funds but become broke when they are in opposition.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting was held at the party’s headquarters today, and Joy News’ Anny Asabutey reported that the party’s Council of Elders is pushing for a centralised congress for the elections scheduled for March 1.

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