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Minister calls for neutrality of party leaders in parliamentary primaries

By Radio Mak || Philip Tengzu

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The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, has urged executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to remain neutral in its upcoming parliamentary election to enable the party to stay united towards the 2020 general election.
“So my clarion call to all party executives, be they Constituency Executives, Electoral Area Coordinators, Polling Station Executives, they should be neutral, if they are neutral and at the end of the politics there is a victor then we can all rally behind the winners and then market them”, he said.
Dr Bin Salih made the appeal on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Radio Upper West’s current affairs programme “Common Course” in Wa on Monday.
He was optimistic that the NPP would increase its parliamentary seats in the Upper West Region from five to seven if they were able to manage the parliamentary primaries effectively, and said there was no better reward for a party executive than to win his parliamentary seat.
He said the failure of both the national Democratic Congress (NDC) and the NPP in previous election years was as a result of poor management of their parliamentary primaries which led some party supporters to defect to other parties.
“In the fourth republic all the governments that have been voted out, both NPP and NDC, it was as a result of their inability to handle their parliamentary primaries, because when there are fallouts then people become disillusioned and when that happens apathy sets in”, he explained.
He observed that it would be difficult for the political party executives who supported a candidate to bring onboard supporters of an aspirant who losses the primaries or to support other candidates who won either than their preferred candidates.
“It will be difficult for executive to bring on board the supporters of those who lost. The situation will even be worse if the person they are supporting fails to win”, he noted.
He indicated that all the candidates contesting the primaries were competent enough to lead the NPP to the 2020 general elections, and added that he had a big task ahead of him as the Regional Minister towards the 2020 elections hence the need for him to remain neutral.
He refute claims that his coming as Regional Minister after the former Regional Minister was reassigned had caused fusion within the party, and said he could also be reassigned at anytime and that would not be a worry to him.

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