A founding member of the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, has indicated that the next flagbearer of the party ought to be a true democrat and not a pretender.
Although the NPP is yet to announce a date for its presidential primaries, some top officials of the party including the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia; Trades and Industry Minister, Alan Kyeremanteng, and Agric Minister Dr. Akoto Afriyie have reportedly declared their intention to contest the Presidential bid.
But Dr. Tamakloe indicates that whoever emerges as the next Presidential candidate must be someone who can take the party back to its founding principles and objectives.
Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe stated, “Amongst the names that have been mentioned, I’ve not seen any of them, but I know them physically. However, I can assure you that this party will go back to its roots because it was formed through the sweat of individuals who have unfortunately passed on.”
“People suffered for the formation of this party. People died indeed, and I believe strongly that whoever is going to take over this party in the next elections must be a person who is democratic in and out, not a pretender.”
However, the NPP through its General Secretary has warned all aspirants to eschew the habit of campaigning openly as the party hasn’t opened its nominations.
Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe also slammed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for what he calls an “undemocratic” election of Metropolitan Municipal, District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
He alleged the use of NPP’s vigilante groups and the prevention of some assembly members from voting as the element of his accusations.
“The experience of violence where the Presiding Member of the Assembly was assaulted, and the Achiase District, was not exempted from this bloody act. An assembly member of this district was also assaulted during the confirmation of the DCE nominee for that District.”
“Ghana as a country cannot continue like this under this NPP government led by Nana Akufo-Addo. This indicates how unpopular and disappointing the people of this country are against the undemocratic moves of this government. Many of these actions happened in areas where the old nominees were reappointed for the second term.”