Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has raised concerns about the deep factionalism within the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Mr. Kufuor, who led the nation from 2000 to 2008, has noticed significant changes within the party.
During an interview with TV3 Monitored by Apexnewsgh.com, the former president emphasized the importance of the NPP assessing its activities and the need for a strong commitment within the party. He compared this commitment to a religious belief.
Mr. Kufuor expressed disappointment in the declining sense of commitment within the party and stressed the significance of practicing proper democracy, promoting inclusivity rather than factionalism.
He pointed out that acknowledging factions within the party, whether at the constituency or national level, only leads to division and impedes cooperation.
“I don’t feel the same strong commitment anymore,” Mr. Kufuor said. He added, “I used to compare commitment to a religion. I don’t sense that now”
According to him, it is crucial to avoid practices that divide and emphasize factions within the party. He believes that unity is necessary to maintain the strength and effectiveness of the party.
The concerns raised by the former President are in response to the resignation of a prominent NPP member, Alan Kyerematen. Kyerematen intends to run as an independent candidate in the 2024 presidential election.
Furthermore, Kwadwo Mpiani, a former Chief of Staff in the Kufuor administration, recently expressed dissatisfaction with the NPP. Mpiani claimed that the party essentially gave all power to one person, Nana Akufo-Addo, when the chairman and general secretary, Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong, respectively, were “unconstitutionally” removed from their positions.
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