THE NPP NATIONAL DELEGATES CONFERENCE AND ITS AFTERMATH – DANGER LOOMS IN NPP
I agree to the insightful observation of Dr Kobby Mensah, a Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana that the recent New Patriotic Party (NPP) Delegates’ Conference held in Kumasi is a needless attempt at deepening divisions in the party ahead of their primaries and the 2024 general elections.
A central theme that ran through speeches delivered by the president, Vice President and Senior party officials at the just ended NPP National Delegates Conference was to maintain unity within the rank and file of the party. Positive as this was, the rhetoric was not matched by actual acts and omissions orchestrated by the party leadership during the conference.
Firstly, against the orders of the national executives of the party, billboards of the Vice President was sited at strategic locations within the city mounted by a group calling itself Friends of Bawumia. It is clear that no effort was made by the conference organizers to pull down those bill boards in the same manner as it had been applied to other political aspirants.
Secondly, very much against established protocol, the Vice President arrived at the congress grounds several minutes after the President had arrived and was seated.
Thirdly, in complete defiance of the party’s own directives and instructions the Vice President stormed the congress grounds with a handful of activists openly and in a more sychophantic manner making declarations suggesting a preferences for the Veep to lead the party.
Fourthly, in an unusual and uncommon practice, some members of parliament allegedly mobilized by the majority leader were whipped to lead the Vice President to the conference grounds when the same protocol had not been accorded to the President on his arrival at the congress grounds.
Fifthly, a group of activists who from all indications are not accredited delegates of the conference were allowed to storm the Presidential dais and stalled the program in the full glare of the President without any serious efforts by the Senior party leadership or the Vice President himself or the MCs in bringing the situation under control.
Sixthly, in a significantly unprofessional manner, proposed amendments to the constitution of the party that had been tabled as one of the main agenda items of the conference were unceremoniously referred to the National Council of the Parrt for further deliberations, raising serious doubt about a potential breach of process under the constitution of the NPP.
Any objective observer to the proceedings of the conference event would have been left in no doubt that this was a shameful and low quality effort by the leadership of the NPP to stage-manage a booster for what appears to be dwindling popularity and fortunes of the Vice President as a potential presidential aspirants.
Inspite of the rhetoric on unity by the key speakers at the conference, there could be no better recipe for rancor, bitterness and disunity in the party than what happened at the NPP National Delegates Conference held in Kumasi.