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STOP CORRUPTION AND RULE FOR 30 YEARS PROF OQUAYE CHARGES NPP

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The Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye, has observed that the governing New Patriotic Party can stay in power for the next 30 years if its appointees eschew corruption tendencies, and help the NPP administration “to pursue the honest pathway in governance plus the brilliance and competence expected” of them.

The Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye, has observed that the governing New Patriotic Party can stay in power for the next 30 years if its appointees eschew corruption tendencies, and help the NPP administration “to pursue the honest pathway in governance plus the brilliance and competence expected” of them.

 

He made the observation Tuesday when he delivered the main lecture to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia, Prime Minister of Ghana from 1969 to 1972.

                                                                                                          “Sankofa”

Prof Mike Oquaye also believes the NPP could win back the support of the electorate in the three northern regions, if the party revisited the history and heritage of Busia/Dombo alliance and concretised it.

 “This is one good reason why the NPP must do a strong ‘Sankofa’ in the Northern part of Ghana. It is another irony of fate that the Northern Peoples party (N.P.P.) of the North which came to rescue the Ghana Congress Party (GCP) in 1954 is destined and poised to become the life-blood of the NPP of today, with the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia team,” he said.

                                                                                                            Principles

Taking his turn, the General Secretary of NPP, John Boadu, tasked members of the party to endeavour at all time to diligently serve the nation by upholding the principles of the party’s founding fathers.

He believes the NPP will continue to thrive if members of the party respect and uphold the founding principles espoused by their forebears.

“It is thus important we do not depart from these enviable founding principles of ours. We must endeavour to uphold the vision of J.B Danquah; the vision of Dr. Busia; the vision of S.D Dombo; the vision of John Agyekum Kufour; and the vision of President Nana Akufo-Addo. Let us uphold our founding principles at all times and commit ourselves to serving our party and government with the necessary diligence and aptness for love of God and country,” Mr Boadu charged his party members.

He noted that part of the ideologies that had guided the NPP over the years is for its members to neither be cajoled by materialism nor by the whims and caprices of individuals.

“We are guided by strong principles: the principle of democracy, accountability, conservatism, liberalism and the principle of rule of law. These are the principles that underpin the founding of the NPP tradition which have made her the all-time most endearing political party in Ghana’s history,” he said.

He added, “these gallant founding fathers of our political tradition stood for good governance, free market and property-owning democracy, freedom and liberty of the Ghanaian, sacrifice for the collective good, nobility, humility, dedication to duty, social justice, abhorrence for corruption, patriotism, love for country, among other centre-right philosophies which underpin the political tradition from which the NPP is rooted.”

                                                                                                         No individualism

The NPP General Secretary further encouraged party members to ensure that they do not indulge in what he described as individualism.

“We did not build our tradition around individuals. Our tradition does not believe in individualism and hero worshipping. It is therefore glaring that, instead of individualism, our political party was founded on rich tradition anchored on shared values and strong ideology,” he noted.

He added, “Our founding fathers were successful because they never compromised on these principles. I am also confident that, just like the Kufuor government, the government of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will also be successful, so long as we all commit ourselves to upholding our founding principles.”

                                                                                                              Departure

Mr Boadu expressed disappointment at the gradual, but growing, phenomenon of a departure from the party’s founding principles by some members, condemning recent acts of thuggery and hooliganism by some groups.

“I wish to, for the avoidance of doubt, emphasise that the culture of hooliganism as means of seeking redress is ALIEN to our political tradition. It was not what Dr. Busia, J.B Danquah and S.D Dombo stood for. It was not what our founding fathers stood for and, certainly, it cannot be what our political tradition stands for,” the General Secretary said.

To this end, Mr Boadu reiterated the need for the founding principles of the party be adhered to, in order for it to be “forever said that it is the Danquah-Busia-Dombo political tradition that holds the key to Ghana’s development and prosperity.”