Professor and legal luminary, Stephen Kwaku Asare, known widely as Kwaku Azar, has claimed that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been hijacked by a leadership that is not committed to the party’s liberal principles.
he argued that the decision of the National Council of the NPP to set a date for parliamentary primaries in constituencies that have NPP sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) even though many aspirants have unresolved concerns bordering on their disqualification is proof that the party has been captured by persons that are not committed to the party’s liberal principles. This, he argued, is causing a lot of disaffection and disquiet in the party.
“The National Council of NPP meets to set a date for the primaries in the incumbent constituencies. At this time, the fate of many well-known bona fide members who have filed their nominations, including Philip Addison, remains unknown.
Why? The party has been captured by people who are not committed to its liberal principles and have left others too angered, too intimidated or too disinterested to talk,” he posited.
Kwaku Azar stressed that the attempts to block others from participating in elections is taking a toll on the party, and party members must speak against it.
“The illiberalism in the party must stop and that must start by allowing all bona fide party members to have access to the primary ballot.
It is time for people to speak up,” he proposed.
The National Council of the NPP has set June, 20 as Election Day for primaries in constituencies with incumbent NPP MPs.