Partisans of Ghana's opposition Convention People's Party
(CPP) are reportedly upset after a leading member of the party endorsed the
presidential candidate of the ruling party ahead of this year's general
elections. Honorable Freddie Blay, who is the deputy speaker of Ghana's
parliament, reportedly endorsed Nana Akufo-Addo the ruling New
Patriotic Party presidential candidate as the best candidate to lead the
party executives said as a leading member of the CPP, Blay should be
campaigning for the party's presidential candidate. They said his endorsement
contravenes party rules, which they said would not go unpunished. Ivor
Greenstreet is the general secretary of the CPP. From Ghana's capital, Accra he
tells reporter Peter Clottey that the deputy speaker would be sanctioned if
proven that he endorsed another presidential candidate.
"The central committee of
the party, which is the chief administrative organ asked the disciplinary
committee to gather the evidence to find out whether this in actually fact took
place. The committee did that and on one two three occasions invited the
Honorable Member of Parliament for Elembelle Freddie Blay, first
deputy to appear before it to either explain what took place and to have
discussions about it to find out what exactly went on. Unfortunately, he was
unable to attend any of those meetings," Greenstreet noted.
He said the
Disciplinary Committee is yet to take a decision on what the next line of
action would be.
"The Central Committee would
be meeting this Thursday the 27 August to receive the report from the
Disciplinary Committee and what their recommendations are on the basis of the
evidence they have gathered despite his failure to appear. And it is on that
basis of what they tell us and we will then determine whether the Honorable
Freddie Blay would be endorsed as a candidate or not," he said.
said it would be unfortunate if it were confirmed that Blay endorsed another
presidential candidate instead of his party's presidential candidate in this
year's general elections.
"If the committee tells us
that this is in actual fact what he is supposed to have said then certainly
that is the case. But until that committee tells us that then it would be
prejudicial of me to suggest in advance purely from innuendo and rumor and
newspaper report that I, the general secretary, have decided that that is the
case," Greenstreet pointed out.
He said the party's
constitution includes clear and well-defined guidelines when a partisan
endorses a presidential candidate other than the party's presidential
"Clearly we turn to the
constitution in a situation like this of which they are numerous ones which
applies to this case is when you support another presidential candidate openly
in a opposition to your own candidate there are a number of sanctions, which
the constitution delineates that can be chosen. However, in this particular
case what we are talking about whether the central committee will then go ahead
to endorse his candidature or not. I cannot see into the future. However, what
I can say from a personal perspective is obviously it would be suicidal if you
have one particular candidate who is indicating that he believes that his own
party's candidate has no chance of supporting a situation like that," he said.
is the sitting CPP Member of Parliament for the Elembelle Constituency, and
party executives have described his position as an act of gross indiscipline.
At the rally, Blay reportedly referred to Akufo-Addo as "a comrade not only for
the cause of freedom but for development," adding "he is an ally I will always work
with," he said.