A former youth leader of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfeh, has said the party is still a formidable political force contributing to national development.
According to him, many have misconstrued the role of political parties to “shouting the loudest and drawing the most numbers” saying that the CPP remains relevant as a political party contributing and critiquing policy decisions aimed at developing the country.
[contextly_sidebar id=”iMCSmHcWMmnMl7gO0MekZNLBE8yKhzUa”]Following the 2016 general elections and the subsequent declaration of the winner, not much has been heard from the various political parties said to be “minor” parties who failed to make a significant impact in the elections.
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) polled just about 0.24% of total valid votes cast.
Mr. Bomfeh said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have in the last two decades in power failed to honour their campaign promises to Ghanaians.
“Political parties are not just about elections. Parties that have won elections under this 4th republic have all failed to live up to their own promises. Isn’t it a shame that NDC and NPP, 24 years put together their own manifesto, they can’t count up to 10% of achieving them.”
He said the CPP was still contributing its quota to national development, although it is not in power.
“We have been talking about the need for a National Identification System. Every budget since 2009, has been responded to by the CPP, in the shape of press conferences through prepared documents by economic brains that point out the loopholes and the strengths in them, and also suggesting how we expect the government to go to deal with our economic challenges.”
Kwabena Bomfeh further noted that, there is the need for a third political force to break the duopoly in Ghana’s political space created by the NPP and the NDC.
He added that although the CPP may be experiencing some internal issues, it is still a delivering on its mandate as a credible political party in opposition.
He however called on members of the party to help address any internal challenges and make the party vibrant and active.
“The CPP has a responsibility. We cannot afford to continue to make ourselves a laughing stock. This is a giant party with potential energy. So phenomenal that all we need is to get our acts right, it doesn’t matter the differences we share because we are all human beings,” he said.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana