The Convention People’s Party’s (CPP’s) lone Member of Parliament, representing the people of Jomoro, has warned that the party would continue to struggle, albeit without political success, if does not elect “credible and transparent” leaders.
Samia Nkrumah, who is contesting the CPP’s chairmanship position, accused the current leadership of the CPP failing to inspire confidence and losing touch with the core party activists, which she said has made the party dormant at the grassroots but active on paper.
In response to a question posted by the host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Tuesday, as to whether the CPP was a vibrant and exciting party, the daughter of Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah, maintained: “[It is exciting] in the media and on paper but not on the ground. Those of us who were fighting on the ground knew better.”
She said her campaign at the constituency level has given her experience in how to win votes. She cited sincerity, organisation, and hard work as strategies that pay in running a political party, and promised to replicate them across the country.
Samia Nkrumah whose father founded the CPP said the party for now needs fresh faces and a radically different approach to doing things.
“We need to [move] away from negative campaign 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.”
Samia who said she had no intention of quitting parliament anytime soon, said her drive to contest the chairmanship of the CPP was to get more people elected to parliament on the party’s ticket.
“Until we have considerable number of MPs in parliament who can form a strong bloc, we cannot be effective in parliament. The point is not to get up and have your voice heard; the point is to push forward with policies that would help the average Ghanaian.”
During the Fourth Parliament under the Fourth Republic, the CPP had only three Members of Parliament in a House of 230. Those three seats were even won because of tacit support from the NPP which decided not to field candidates in those constituencies.
The party was gradually being annihilated by that alliance, Ms Nkrumah noted, and called for a united Nkrumaist front for the 2012 general elections.
“I believe that there is hope for our tradition, but provided we reform, and this is why I am putting myself forward. We need people who can rally support; we need people around whom Nkramaists can get together and rally.”
She disagreed with suggestions that her decision to vie for the chairmanship of the CPP was premature, stressing, “I am in a great hurry to revive our tradition”, adding that if Barack Obama, a man she is older than can be voted for as the president of the USA, she is mature for the position she is contesting for.
She also contested claims by her brother Sekou Nkrumah, who is with the ruling National Democratic Congress, who thinks the CPP is made up of old folks. She insisted that the party at the moment enjoys enormous support from the youth, arguing that she won the Jomoro seat with the help of the youth.
The chairmanship position is also being contested by the current chairman Ladi Nylander and former chairman Prof. Edmund Delle.