President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged all members and sympathizers of the New Patriotic Party to fully support their parliamentary candidates so that the governing party can “record, again, a sweet, decisive victory five months from now.”
This was contained in a congratulatory message from the President to all the candidates who won the weekend’s NPP parliamentary primaries held across the country.
To the candidates who lost the primaries, the President asked them to work hand in hand with the elected parliamentary candidates in the interest of the party.
“I commend all party executives, delegates and aspirants for the peaceful, credible, efficient and successful manner in which the elections were held, albeit, regrettably, with some breaches of the COVID-19 protocols in some constituencies,” he observed.
President Akufo-Addo further asked all the rank and file of the party to forge ahead in a united manner, “and consolidate further the gains chalked in the quest to bring development, progress and prosperity to all parts of the country.”
Meanwhile, a statement signed by the party’s General Secretary, John Boadu, also commended all stakeholders who took part in the elections for the successful conduct of the primaries.
“The party also notes with delight that there had been a significant compliance with the Covid-19 health protocols that were put in place at each polling centre, and therefore commends its members/delegates, officials of the Electoral Commission, the media as well as the security agencies and, indeed, all persons who played various roles towards the attainment of this enviable feat,” the statement said.
“The successful conduct of the primaries, which is the first democratic exercise involving mass participation that the country has experienced since the outbreak of Covid-19, fortifies our conviction that the country can equally undertake the other democratic exercises ahead of us, including the continuation of the Ghana Card registration, the upcoming voter registration and the conduct of the 2020 general elections,” it added.
The statement further congratulated all the newly elected parliamentary candidates on their victory, urging them to “reach out to their opposing candidates in the primaries and their supporters with the view to achieving unity and cohesion at the constituency, which is key to the party retaining the respective parliamentary seats as well as the presidential elections.”
The statement noted that the successful conduct of the primaries is a victory for the party, saying: “Indeed, it is our position that there had not been winners and there had not been losers in the Saturday primaries.”
“The biggest beneficiary and, for that matter, the real winner is the NPP. We must all take pride in the fact that the rules of engagements spelt out by the party have largely been complied with, thereby culminating in this historic milestone.
“To the aspiring candidates who were unsuccessful in the contest, including the incumbent MPs who were not given the nod by the delegates in order to have yet another opportunity to renew their mandate in the 2020 general elections, the party commends them for putting up a healthy contest and wishes them a better luck next time. They should all take consolation in the fact that the process had been very successful, contrary to the wishes of our detractors,” it added.