The Conventions People’s Party (CPP) is apparently forming an alliance with the disqualified political parties, the Progressive people’s Party (PPP) and the People’s National Convention (PNC). All three parties were formed on the ideals of Kwame Nkrumah, but the PNC and PPP presidential aspirants were among the disqualified candidates last week.
Since 2007, there have been efforts for the CPP and PNC to join forces and merge under one party so as to form a stronger political entity and take up governing the country. However, their attempts failed which left both parties at the bottom, with only a 1 percent chance each at the 2008 and 2012 elections.
In an interview on Joy FM, the National chairman of the CPP, Prof. Edmund Delle mentioned that there are plans being considered to have the other Nkrumahist parties join the CPP as they are the only Nkrumahist party accepted by the Electoral Commission. He said that among the disadvantages facing the smaller parties, including CPP, was vote-wasting, adding that when he took over the party, he refused allow the syndrome of vote-wasting to continue.
“We are talking to our brothers in the other parties who are of the Nkrumahist tradition that even if the time is very short that we were not able to have a united front, at least on the ground maybe for the parliamentary seats and you see that a fellow Nkrumahist party is strong here, we all should support them, like we did in Talensi. In Talensi we realised that the PNC was stronger so we in the CPP said we are here to support you and the candidate faired so well and it was a signal that if we unite our forces we’ll do very well as an Nkrumahist family,” he said.
Early last week, the EC chairperson, Madam Charlotte Osie released the list of candidates disqualified from the upcoming December polls. Watch the video here:
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