Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Opposition MP renews veiled attack on party leadership

Samia Nkrumah, the opposition CPP's outspoken MP for Jomoro, has warned that the party will continue to struggle if it does not elect “credible and transparent” leaders, a veiled attack on Paa Kwesi Nduom, the party's lacklustre presidential candidate in 2008.

Daughter of Ghana's first president Kwame Nkrumah, Samia Nkrumah accused the current CPP leadership of failing to inspire confidence and losing touch with core party activists.

Nkrumah, who is contesting the CPP's chairmanship position, said the party needs fresh faces and a radically different approach.

“We need to move away from negative campaigning and focus on issues. We need that approach in politics. We need to rise above the pettiness and not be concerned with personality and maligning each other, but just focus on the work on the ground,” she said.

Nduom, however, has played down rumours of disunity within the party ranks.

He says that the current problems facing the CPP are “minor” compared to the crises that characterised both the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of their respective party congresses.

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