A former National Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party, Prof Edmund Delle is making a passionate appeal to the party’s Member of Parliament for Jomoro, Samia Nkrumah to rescind her decision to contest the chairmanship slot of the party and rather concentrate on her seat in parliament.
Three members of the party, including the current National Chairman, Ladi Nylander have declared their intention to contest the chairmanship position of the CPP in the upcoming National Delegates Congress on June 24 and 25 2011.
Samia Nkrumah is already on the field vigorously campaigning to win the hearts and minds of CPP delegates.
However, Prof Delle who lost his chairmanship position in 2007 to Mr Nylander said since the Jomoro seat is the only one CPP has in parliament, it would be worth it if Hon Samia Nkrumah rather concentrate her efforts in retaining the seat, saying, “a bird in hand is better than two in the bush”.
According to him, Samia Nkrumah is going to find the 2012 elections “very tough” especially against the governing NDC, saying it is going to be difficult for her to combine the two positions.
“The NDC are telling her she is going to get a very tough time now at Jomoro, so the best thing for her is to concentrate on her seat. Maybe, she doesn’t know what it means to be a national chairman. The duties are so heavy that it would be difficult to combine your position as an MP, and as a national chairman. Even now she has to campaign very hard to get the seat at Jomoro because it’s not an easy seat. There is going to be very tough competition there.”
Prof Delle who touted his experiences as a former chairman, said Samia Nkrumah, who he said is only three years old as a CPP member, would have to bid her time, study the terrain and “know that winning in a constituency is different from winning a national delegates congress”.
He however remained resolute saying “I am not afraid at all, since this is an election, I wish her well and we’ll see who is going to win; the young against the old, the experienced against the inexperienced”.
But the woman in question, Samia Nkrumah in reaction said she would contest the chairmanship slot since the CPP in her estimation has become so poor some people will need to take up two positions.
Source: Abena Asiedua Tenkorang/ Xfm 95.1/ Accra/ Ghana
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