Dear NPP Delegates
Respectfully, I write with all humility, to appeal to you to, in the best interest of the NPP, give the party’s Acting National Chairman, Hon. Freddie Blay, an overwhelming endorsement at the National Annual Delegates Conference. I am in a position to give you a million dollar reasons as justification for what I request of you but for want of time and space, kindly indulge me on these few reasons.
First of all, Hon. Freddie Blay led the party to chalk an unprecedented electoral feat in the history of this country. Never have we had an opposition political party in the history of this country win general elections in the first round of polls and also with such huge margin against an incumbent as we saw in 2016. Not only has Freddie Blay achieved this, he did so with a very poorly resourced and helpless NPP against an incumbent (the John Mahama government) that was hell bent on winning the elections by all means including resort to politically induced intimidation, hijacking of the airwaves, vulgar display of opulence and ostentation, tribal and religious bigotry, electoral machinations among other acts of incumbency abuse.
Also worthy of mention is the fact that the NPP’s electoral woes at the time, was aggravated by undoubtedly, the worst internal party wrangling ever experienced by a political party in Ghana culminating in the suspension of the party’s National Chairman, National 2nd Vice Chairman and General Secretary. It was at this crisis moment that Freddie Blay came into the picture as the leader of the party and was able to do the needful to the amazement of all. It is because of him that today we call ourselves a governing party and you think the NPP should abandon him now after he had sacrificed everything for the party when the NPP needed him the most? Is that your understanding of social justice, Mr. and Mrs. Delegate?
Need I also add that Freddie Blay has more than availed his entire business empire particularly the almighty Daily Guide to the service of the NPP throughout the 4th Republic? The Daily Guide, one of the most credible newspapers and also, the second largest selling newspaper in Ghana, has been the longest loyal mouthpiece of the NPP, even during those times that Freddie was supposed to be a CPP member. He has always, by words and action, not only identified with the NPP but proved himself more than worthy of being called an NPP kingpin. And by leading the party from opposition to government, he has given the NPP its greatest wish because that is the very essence of the existence of a political party.
Also remember that Freddie has the best of working relationship not only with his colleagues national officers (including the indomitable John Boadu and indefatigable Sammy Awuku) but also with His Excellency the President of the Republic. History has shown us that anytime a friction exists between our party chairman and President or Flagbearer, the party losses the ensuing General Elections. That is one of the reasons why you should vote for uncle Freddie, else we may have to forget 2020 elections. You and I know with certainty that, there is a frosty relationship between Freddie’s main contender, Steven Ntim and the current President. The relationship between the duo is so bad that Ntim went ballistic recently alleging that the President is seeking to prevail upon him to step down for another candidate. How ridiculous!
It is not surprising to me that most of the lead campaigners of Steven Ntim are loyalists of the suspended National Chairman and Secretary, Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong both of whom have also declared their unflinching support for Steven Ntim’s candidature. Why?.. perhaps to help them continue their anti-Nana Akufo-Addo agenda which they were engaged in before their suspension. Why should you, delegates, reward these people again? Haven’t we had the worst of bad press during their reign? Do you want us to go back to those dark day, Mr/Mrs delegate? Would that be fair to the Ghanaian people?
Fellow delegates, I beg you in the name of God and in the supreme interest of our party and government to do the needful when you go to vote on Saturday. Please vote for the Unifier and Result-Driven Freddie Blay. Let it not be said that you failed the party when you were a delegate.
Thank you for the indulgence.
By Iddi Muhayu-Deen