Former Member of Parliament for the Suhum Constituency, Frederick Opare Ansah has urged members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to desist from using violent means to register their disappointment in the nomination of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Dan Botwe unveiled President Akufo-Addo’s MMDCE nominees on Sunday.
The announcement was met with several protests and pockets of violence in some parts of the country, notably Chereponi, and Odododiodoo in Accra.
But Opare Ansah, an NPP General Secretary hopeful, believes the differences could be solved by using the right structures in the party.
In a statement copied to Myxyzonline.com, the former MP stated, “I believe strongly that any disagreement or differences in ideas and opinions should not be manifested in violence.”
While urging the party members to support the nominees to help accelerate development, Opare Ansah urged his party members to “use the appropriate party channels to register and resolve conflicts.”
” The tradition and ideals of our party call for peaceful and harmonious coexistence and has no place for violence,” he added.
Below is his statement;
HON. FREDERICK OPARE-ANSAH WRITES
I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all Metropolitan Municipal and District Assembly Executive nominees upon your selection by the President of the Republic to go through the confirmation process and finally represent government at your various local levels and spearheaded developmental programs and policies in your respective MMDA.
I am of the conviction that you will all discharge your mandates with excellence in the quest for development.
Again, I commend all participants who availed themselves to serve their people and the Nation, I say, better luck next time. I humbly urge you to swiftly close all ranks and work assiduously towards the successful election and confirmation of all nominated individuals. I would want to also call on nominees to foster effective reconciliation and unity amongst all stakeholders to ensure overwhelming and successful approval.
Further, I call on the rank and file of the New Patriotic Party to rally their support behind the President’s nominees and cooperate with them to ensure a smooth and successful confirmation process by their respective assembly composition.
I believe strongly that any disagreement or differences in ideas and opinions should not be manifested in violence. Let us use the appropriate party channels to register and resolve conflicts. The tradition and ideals of our party call for peaceful and harmonious coexistence and has no place for violence.
I admonish the honorable members of the various Assemblies to remain circumspect and fair in all the processes leading to the approval of nominees. Let us kindly desist from unwarranted partisan politics that will delay the approval procedure which will in turn impede effective local development.
Finally, I offer special congratulations to Mrs. Margaret Darko Darkwa, The Municipal Chief Executive nominee for Suhum who will be seeking confirmation for her second term.
HON. FREDERICK OPARE-ANSAH
FORMER MP, SUHUM CONSTITUENCY.