Eschew ethnocentrism and follow party tradition ahead of 2024 election – Governance Expert to NPP
''Fueling ethnic affiliations tend to promote divisions within the party structure and so if the NPP is keen on contesting and winning the 2024 elections, they should follow the traditions of the party and shun treading along ethnicity lines''
Mr John Owusu , a Governance Expert has urged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to tread cautiously and adhere to the party’s tradition to put their house in order to energize, restructure and reposition the party for the task ahead in 2024.
The party, in his view, should shun ethnocentrism and commit to their tradition, engaging the structures of the party and avoid breaking up the base of the party going into the next elections.
In an interview with Nana Ampratwum on Omanbapa Show, the governance expert urged the party to take a cue from the 2020 elections if only the NPP wants to contest and win the 2024 elections.
”Fueling ethnic affiliations tend to promote divisions within the party structure and so if the NPP is keen on contesting and winning the 2024 elections, they should follow the traditions of the party and shun treading along ethnicity lines”
He made a humble appeal to all NPP leaders and supporters to respect delegates to chose the right candidates for the party, not to select and imposed candidates on the various constituencies.
The ruling NPP follows a tradition, which had its beginnings in the foundation of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947, a liberal party which particularly represented the interests of the Western-educated urban elite in the south and supported a swift realisation of the country’s independence.
Mr Owusu said: ” The politicians in all divide NPP,NDC etc themselves know their parties follow a certain tradition”
”For instance the Danquah-Busia-Domo tradition is a foundation within the structures of the NPP party which the party follows in administering its roles … but the party once made a mistake ignoring this tradition and it nearly caused a great division within the party”
”It is not ethnocentrism but a tradition that needs to be adhered to…. the leaders know this themselves”
”Whoever is the right candidate in the waiting should be honoured to represent and contest on the ticket of the NPP in 2024”
He concluded that every delegate of the NPP is also a potential candidate who could be a good candidate and should be given the opportunity to represent the party in elections.
Mark F. | SilverFM