The Greater Accra Constituency Chairman Caucus of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is demanding an early congress to elect a new flagbearer.
According to the Caucus, this will afford the party the opportunity to properly market the elected flagbearer.
The group says it is opposed to the party’s decision to delay the elections to early next year.
Per MyJoyOnline.com sources, the group met on Tuesday, January 17, at Susuana Lodge in Labone, Accra, to affirm their decision.
“We don’t agree to what the party wants to do. In fact, the General Secretary wants an early Congress but the system is pushing against it, which we don’t understand.”
“We need time to market the flagbearer to Ghanaians and we can’t afford to not break the eight,” one of the constituency chairmen told Myjoyonline, on condition of anonymity.
He added, “We strongly want the leadership to consider our plea in the interest of the party and Ghanaians as a whole. That is all we are asking for.”
The Member of Parliament for Subin, Eugene Boakye Antwi, has also made a similar call.
According to him, electing the flagbearer early affords the party and the individual enough time to prepare for what will be a crucial election in 2024.
“Going by experience, my view is that let us hold the super delegates (conference) as early as say next spring, March thereabouts, give them four or five months to campaign around the country. By August when Parliament is on recess like this, we vote for both Parliamentary and Presidential, get it off the way.
“The most important thing is that we must look at the party. Akufo-Addo will not be a candidate in 2024 so whoever the candidate will be at that time is the one we should be aiming at selecting, partnering the President in terms of all these Regional tours the President is doing,” he had said in a JoyNews interview.
The party is yet to announce modalities for the election of the person to lead the NPP into the next election.
Several names of bigwigs in the party like Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; former Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, and former Agric Minister, Dr. Afriyie Akoto have announced their intentions to contest the flagbearership position.
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