Mr Yaw Dabie Mensah Appiah, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bono Region, has cautioned the Party against vote-buying in its internal elections, saying it could affect the party’s fortunes in the 2024 Election.
He said the NPP would not get strong, loyal and credible executives to manage the party if the issue of vote-buying in the party’s internal elections was not tackled proactively once and for all.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Odumase, Mr Appiah implored the leadership of the Party to investigate allegations of vote-buying which characterised the Party’s just-ended regional executive elections.
He said vote-buying if allowed, would not only breed corruption but had the potential to deny the Party strong and quality leadership both at the constituency, regional and national levels and consequently affect the 2024 electioneering.
Mr Appiah said the NPP needed well-experienced executives with proven track records to lead the Party in the 2024 Election, saying “other than that it would be very difficult for us to break the eight.”
He said the NPP was founded on the ideals of patriotism, but regretted that “monetization has gradually taken over everything in our great party”, saying “our founding fathers would not spare us if we allow money to be the deciding factor in our internal elections”.
Mr Appiah said a strong government-party relationship ought to be built and strengthened so that the Party could get adequate resources from the government to champion its agenda “rather than overlying on few individuals who think they can buy the Party with their monies”.