National Organizer for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku has warned party supporters against using funeral grounds for political campaign to promote their choice of presidential candidates for the 2024 election.
According to him, if not checked, the trend would harm party unity and adversely affect the grand agenda of breaking the eight-year ruling cycle.
There have been instances where supporters of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Alan Kyerematen in particular, have booed at each other at some public events like funerals.
Addressing party chairpersons from all 275 constituencies at the inauguration of the NPP Constituency Chairpersons Welfare and Workshop in Koforidua, Sammy Awuku noted that of all the 13 regions that the national executive have visited to far, the concern about political campaigns at funerals was very strong.
“Throughout the rounds that we embarked on in the 13 out of 16 regions, it was a major concern for our party people on the ground and their fear is that if we don’t manage the internal primaries and party discipline we might end up breaking ourselves before breaking the 8,” he said.
Sammy Awuku therefore charged the constituency chairpersons to remain disciplined and keep their members in check for the sake of party unity.
“We can only break the eight-year cycle if we are disciplined as a party. We can only break the 8 when we get to understand that it is, and it will be a family contest. There is a growing concern that as constituency chairpersons need to be tough on to secure the party’s future.
“As much as possible the constituencies are expected to preserve the unity of the party, but when it turns out that constituency executives send youth organizers to mobilize people to cheer Mr. A or B, it will make your work difficult,” he said.
He told the constituency chairpersons that NPP can only break “the eight” if members remained disciplined with the understanding that party primaries are family contests and not a reason for disunity, charging the constituency chairpersons to be tough against the practice to secure the party’s future.
“If we want to organize our party at the base, I am of the strongest view that the NPP will be going into 2024 battle with not an independent candidate, but with a candidate of the party. Let’s strengthen the base, get it right with our polling station reorganization, and pull the structures together,” he said.
He added that “Former President Kufuor’s words still resonate in our ears that it is better to be a messenger for a party in government than to be the General Secretary of a party in opposition.”