The leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has called on members in the party’s stronghold, to bury their differences and work together to win the 2016 elections.
He was addressing party executives and parliamentary candidates in the Ashanti Region on Monday after wrapping up his tour of the three northern regions.
Akufo-Addo urged both regional executives and the parliamentary nominees to dropped their differences and cooperate with one another to win the presidential election and a clear majority in parliament.
“[We need] cooperation in the party. Whatever issue you have, drop it and help us to win power,” he said.
“We understand that cooperation is at the centre of our success. We have a big programme, some of them are very new ideas that will yield to development of the country. These new programmes, if we don’t have a majority in Parliament, will be very difficult. We need to get a clear majority in the House. That is our main target,” added.
Ashanti Region, which is the stronghold of the party, has been rocked by internal bickering, accusations and counter accusation, threatening the party’s fortunes in the region.
The National Democratic Congress has strategized to win one million votes in the region and increase the number of parliamentary seats the party has from the current three.
As the infighting rages on, Akufo-Addo’s main rival, president John Mahama, has accused him of crashing the party, saying it is deeply divided while imploring Ghanaians not vote for a divided party.
The NPP leader also noted that securing 80% of the popular votes in the region could propel the party a step closer to the presidency.
He beseeched the party’s leadership in the region and members to therefore cooperate to win the election.
“The polls going on in Ashanti Region are encouraging; but we all know that if we hit 80% of the popular votes in Ashanti, we have one and a half feet in the door of Jubilee House. So I’m begging you, let us make this year 2016 the year of the elephant,” he said.