THE FOUNDER of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom has said that his newly formed party is the proper party and the best alternative to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to him, people who have voted for the NDC and NPP in turns, as the only giant parties, were now disappointed and asking themselves what these two parties have done for them, their children and the nation at large.
He said, "We are getting positive response everywhere we go, because people are tired of getting the same results, so now it is time to get a number three", adding "so if you are disappointed, unhappy, jobless, then it is time for change."
Dr. Nduom was speaking at a ceremony held in Sukura in the Ablekuma Central constituency in Accra on Tuesday, to elect constituency executives, which also took place in all other constituencies across the country, and marked the general endorsement of Dr. Nduom as the flagbearer of the party for the 2012 general elections.
All twenty one constituency executives were pronounced as elected by popular acclamation by the District Electoral Officer, Mr. Fred Osekre, and were sworn into office by the National Chairman, Mr. Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond.
The flagbearer noted that the change the PPP would bring was not just change for its sake, but one that would ensure good water, good health care system, free and compulsory education for all Ghanaians and jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.
He emphasized that free, compulsory and continuous education would be vigorously pursued because no child under eighteen years has to drop out of school, either for reasons of poverty or failure in examinations, adding "if Ghana will be prosperous and give people jobs, every child must go to school."
He stated the NDC members who thought they have already won the 2012 election and the NPP members who were thinking that Ghanaians would reject the NDC and vote for them, should all think again.
He said like the biblical David, the PPP would campaign from village to village and emerge victorious over the two party giants, the NDC and NPP, stressing "This is a different year and there will be a change for better things."
He told his followers that under the PPP, jobs, appointments and contracts would not be given based on tribe, religion, or political affiliations but "it would be given to those who are best for the job as long as they are Ghanaians, and this real inclusiveness."
He lamented the practice whereby businesses for Ghanaians had been taken over or duplicated by foreigners and government contracts were given to foreigners above Ghanaians with the same or better experience, asking, "What then happens to the Ghanaians?"
He urged his members not to listen to those who want the same problems facing the country to persist, and quizzed, "how can you say things are better in the energy sector but we sleep in darkness or claim the economy is better when industries remain closed?"
To him, Ghanaians were rather experiencing unprecedented failure because they cannot see the developments that the government was claiming to be undertaking such as good, roads, employment, efficient health and education system such that the worst Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results ever was recorded last year under the NDC government.
He called on all Ghanaians to join the PPP because the party would bring prosperity, and admonished his followers to desist from any acts that would make the party unpopular such as engaging in politics of insult, destruction of property or violence in any form.
On his part, the Chairman of the newly acclaimed executives, Alistair Nelson, said it was time for Ghanaian youth to run away from the NDC and NPP because "things are getting out of hand."
He noted that the youth had for long misdirected their electoral power and now they have to change that by not voting as usual, but for the PPP and for a better change that would ensure quality education and health systems for Ghana.
He lamented that children and the youth were not advancing in education because examinations are used to scare them, so "what we need is free, compulsory and continuous education as well as preventive health to stop out youth from dying."
Also, he urged the party members to be united, tolerant and put their shoulder to the wheel, to work towards the victory of the party in the 2012 election, saying "Do not focus on money but on what you can do as individuals to help the flagbearer emerge as President."