We can’t win 2024 with exclusion Executive leadership style – Opare-Ansah

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Fredrick Opare-Ansah, Fmr MP, Suhum

“I have been talking about the non-inclusion of some members of the NPP. They have become apathetic to the party; there are a whole host of former MPs, government appointees and office holders of the party who have given up and no one is even approaching them to bring them back on board. Politics is about numbers”, he added

The above is a statement made by the former Member of Parliament for Suhum, Fredrick Opare-Ansah as he declared his intent to contest the General Secretary position of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the weekend at Akroma Plaza in Takoradi, capital of the Western region.

According to him, leadership style of the current Executives, if not changed could not win the party power in 2024 to break the ‘8’ as being hyped by some party members.

Whiles acknowledging that the current national leadership of the party has played its role, the former Suhum legislator said the challenges the party is facing now requires a different kind of national executive leadership approach to bring all on board for a good cause.

Mr. Opare-Ansah (in white smock) at the program in Takoradi

The former four-time Member of Parliament with experience noted that his intention of contesting the General Secretary position of the party is that, party officials like polling station officers, electoral area coordinators are needed, but they are not the only ones needed to win elections, we need those who feel they have being left-out by this current party leadership.

“The whole party officials would not be more than three hundred thousand; but you need over six or seven million votes to win the presidential election, and a number close to that to win majority of parliamentary seats. We need to go back for those who feel excluded”, he noted.

Citing himself as an example, the former Minority Chief Whip, ‘Watusay’, as he is called by his colleague MPs and friends revealed that, he has more knowledge about the controversial E-Levy to debate any anybody on it, but nobody in his own party has approached him, though he informed the party.

“Again, I have said I do not think there is anyone who can debate the E-Levy better than me, but no one has approached me to help debate, I would avail myself but no one has approached me. If I were in office, I would go looking for the best people in the field to come and help the party because one person does not possess knowledge”.

“I have dared the party if they have any one who can debate the e-levy better than me, that person should come and meet me for us to be in the studious and debate for Ghanaians to listen to us”.

“Politics of exclusion is what am talking about, the leadership style of now, cannot help the Party to break the ‘8’ we are talking about”, he said.

Mr. Opare-Ansah explained that when the issue of the General Secretary position came up sometime last year and he expressed interest should the opportunity come up, he was removed from the National Communication Team Whatsapp platform.

“When I questioned the basis of my removal, I was told all persons on the platform who do not talk have been taken away from the platform. An excuse that did not go down well with some of us, especially me.”

He said when he questioned the basis for his removal, he was told all persons on the platform who do not talk have been taken away from the platform.

He indicated that for effective and coherent communication on government issues, a platform as theirs to disseminate information, the National Communications Director of the party should have summary on government policies and discussion to guide the people on what to say and what not to say.

The former Suhum lawmaker noted that, the intolerance in the party now, if care is not taken before going into elections 2024, it would be difficult for them to win hence he is calling for change in leadership.

“That is why I am presenting myself. I have told my campaign team and all those coming on board that, do not go and speak against anyone because after winning, we would need them, we would need Mr.  John Boadu himself and his team, and we would invite him. If he did not invite me, I would invite him like I am doing with my former MP I defeated some years ago, I move everywhere with him”, Opare-Ansah pleads.

“If he does not want to come with me, I would tire him into a car and move around with him for him to help with the party work, (he jokingly said), adding “the party would need all contributions for the party to be maintained in power, but the style of excluding people in the party if we do not stop would affect us”.

Mr. Fredrick Opare-Ansah, was a four-time MP (4th – 7th Parliament), and help the following positions whilst he was in Parliament, Minority Chief Whip, Chairman, Committee for Communications, Member of the Finance Committee in Parliament, former Communications Minister in President Kufuor’s regime.

He was a Member of ECOWAS Parliament and held a position of Rapporteur for two different committees, Finance and Agriculture at different times and Vice Chairman of NEPAD and Regional Integration.

Source: www.Frontpageghana.com/Ghana

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