The Dean of Students for Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Mr Frimpong Manso has disclosed his consent on the National Patriotic Party (NPP) annual delegate conference where they would be electing party Executives for the next four years.
He made this known in an interview with Kofi Asamoah Aning Pink FM’s morning show host.
The three-day conference is scheduled for July 6-8, 2018 at the Koforidua Technical University with six thousand delegates expected to attend.
The theme chosen is “Building a Stronger Party; Delivering Prosperity to Ghanaians.”
The positions are Chairman, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd vice-Chairpersons, Organizer, Secretary, Women’s Organizer, Youth Organizer, Treasurer and Nasara Coordinator.
According to Mr Frimpong, the release of the mini buses for the constituencies by Chairman Freddie Blay, an aspirant for the NPP Chairmanship position a few days to election could influence the outcome of the elections.
The other two aspirants are Dr Richard Amoako Baah and Steven Ayesu Ntim.
The Dean explained that, one of the principles of democracy is free choice of leaders which must not be influenced in anyway. The good democracies have low poverty rates which prevents influences unlike Africa with high poverty rates.
Technically, delegates who don’t have free conscience and don’t understand the principles of democracy will vote on that pattern and that would not help the true democratic dispensation of the party. Mr Manso stated.
Mr Frimpong further explained that the release of the buses by Chairman Blay to the constituencies cannot be labelled as corruption because the Chairman is a businessman who finances his own activities before entering into politics.
Chairman Blay has served as the financer for the Conventional People’s Party (CPP), however, citizens will not see it from the perspective that Chairman Blay is a business man in times like this because they assume there is a motive behind what he is doing.
As such he cannot be labelled as corrupt but buying of votes for the election. However, if evidences of corruption are raised up against him, then he can be labelled as corrupt.
Mr Frimpong Manso commented on the claim made by Mr Alex Sebgefia former Health Minister in the Mahama led administration that “the NPP will experience huge apathy in the 2020 elections in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions”.
He asserted that, in issues of democratic rule, predictions do not work as Mr Sebgefia is saying. ‘people are campaigning on various issues and the NPP as a Party are delivering a lot of their campaign promises and so I don’t agree with him if he bases his comments on campaign promises.’
‘The NPP has done a lot, except that they don’t have strong communication machinery to tell people of what they have done’ Mr Frimpong continued.
Mr Manso concluded that though several allegations of corrupt practices have been levelled against the ruling government (NPP), it cannot be held against them.
According to him, corruption as a perception can only be backed by evidence. The previous government was characterized as corrupt and results are yet to be received from the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) and the Independent Prosecutor.
When the results are released, then would they be labelled as corrupt.
Source: Michael Nabary/Minnette Akuamoah/Pinkfmonlinegh.com