Major political party in Ghana collapses

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A week- old electoral alliance between two pro-Kwame Nkrumah political parties has collapsed with one of them pulling out.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) announced last week that it had agreed an alliance with the People’s National Convention (PNC) to contest the December 7 presidential and parliamentary polls on a common platform.

Under the agreement, the CPP’s presidential candidate, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom would be the presidential candidate while the PNC’s Dr Edward Mahama would be the running mate. They would also field common candidates for the parliamentary election based on their strength in the constituencies . However, PNC on Thursday announced the abrogation of the alliance with the CPP citing breach of trust on the part of the CPP.

Dr Mahama said the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PNC at its meeting on Wednesday “resoundingly resolved” that the party backed out of the alliance. He said leading members of the CPP failed to adhere to basic ground rules, which required that the announcement of the alliance be made by the chairmen of both parties through a joint press statement they would both sign.

“I was completely shocked when early in the morning the next day, before I could properly wake up, I heard on the airwaves that PNC had subordinated itself to CPP,” an emotional Dr Mahama stated. He said: “This attitude is a clear betrayal of confidence and disrespect for the terms of the pact. And this greatly undermined our ability to convince people to buy into the idea and terms of alliance.”

It was widely believed that the alliance would boost the chances of the two parties which claim to be successor of Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP. Panapress.

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