Some partisans of Ghana's opposition Convention People's
Party (CPP) are accusing the ruling party of a calculated plot to derail their
party ahead of the December 7th general elections. The national
youth organizer of the CPP claims the party's presidential candidate is
currently holding negotiations with the ruling New Patriotic Party to join its
ranks and share in running government ministries after the election. But the
ruling party rejected the accusation. CPP General Secretary Ladi Nylander tells
reporter Peter Clottey that the presidential candidate is doing well ahead of
whole story to me is rather bizarre. The point is that everybody has a copy of
this letter where Dr. (Kwesi) Nduom (the CPP presidential candidate) is
supposed to be running a one-man show. And I would really like to know from the
national youth organizer what he means by a one-man show because whenever we go
to work in the various constituencies, we work with the party executives. So I
am not quite sure what the organizer means by Nduom running a one-party show,"
Nylander pointed out.
described the accusation, which suggests that the presidential candidate of the
CPP has been financially influenced by the ruling party, as baseless.
I would say the accusation is hogwash, if you pardon my saying so. Dr. Nduom
has consistently said the CPP this time is going as an independent party, and
not only has he said it, but all of us have been working hard towards it. We
are making inroads. When we go to the various constituencies, we witness that
the ground is very good and fertile. And I mean yesterday, when we went to the
central region, we saw how good our work is yielding good dividends," he said.
said the opposition CPP is determined to be the alternative to both the ruling
NPP and the opposition NDC.
are sticking to our plan, and we are staying focused. We want to be an
independent party and be the credible alternative to what is going on. And as
far as I know Dr. Nduom has even said that he is not interested in being
anybody's minister and that he wants to be the president. So I don't know where
this story is coming from," Nylander noted.
said the party's chances ahead of the December election is very bright despite
polls showing it is trailing the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the
opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
are polls, and the real poll is going to be on December 7. We've got our own
poll and the situation is not at all what we hear. I have seen two polls so
far, one showing the NPP way ahead, and the other showing the NDC way ahead. So
one has to ask what is going and what is coming? We have done our own polls,
and we are comfortable with where we are. We want to cause a significant upset
and of course we will," he said.
said the party would only decide its next line of action after there is no
clear winner during the first round of election on December 7.
there is no clear winner, then obviously there would be a second round, and we
would deal with it when we get there. It would be a matter of who joins the
CPP. Everybody is saying who would the CPP join. Well, we want to ask who would
join the CPP?" Nylander asked.
Bonfreh, who is the national youth organizer of the CPP, challenged the
presidential candidate to refute recent allegations in the Ghanaian media,
which suggest that CPP presidential candidate Nduom has been holding talks with
the ruling party to serve as a minister if the ruling party wins the December
sent a letter to executive members of the CPP, effectively challenging Nduom to
answer newspaper allegations that he has been negotiating for ministerial
positions with the ruling New Patriotic Party and main opposition National
he dismissed allegations that he may have been financially influenced to create
confusion within the ranks of the CPP. He challenged anyone to come out with
Bomfreh found it weird that Nduom, for months, refused publicly to rebut the
story or at least drag the newspaper to the National Media Commission.