MR Yaw Buaben Asamoa, 45,a lawyer and activist of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has announced his intention to contest the post of General Secretary, during the December delegates’ conference of the party.
He told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra at the weekend, that he is running for the position, with the core aim of serving in the winning team that would wrest political power from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC)in 2012.
“In the public sector, I served as a consultant to the National Governance Programme in the Office of the President, and Senior Aide to the former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
“I pledge to serve the party to break new grounds. I stand for a strong party capable of nurturing a government focused on a functional society.
A functional society is for growth based on national cohesion, expansionary wealth creation and protection of the national interest,” he said.
Mr Asamoa expressed the need for NPP to focus on growing a party that listens, empowers and is inclusive, adding that though the party had a solid policy record while in office, there was the need to strengthen the structures.
“The party ought to be kept in supreme good health in or out of power because an attractive party succeeds at elections.”
Mr Asamoa said the office of General Secretary must primarily be the co-ordinating and clearing house for the maximum use of resources, knowledge, expertise, interests and powers within and outside the party to satisfy the people of Ghana.
He said if he receives the nod at congress, his NPP growth vision would include the enhancement of government party relations through regular consultation on policy, economic opportunities, appointments and leadership training and mentoring from bottom up, through the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON), the assemblies, Parliament, executive and the leadership of professional, trade and civic associations.
“I support a businesslike party, a think- tank for strategic policy analysis, administrative modernisation and constitutional expansion of the party with renewed emphasis on information management, electoral preparedness, welfare database and aggressive mobilisation of grassroots dues.”
Mr Asamoa said although the NPP demonstrated solid capacity to mobilise diverse resources for growth while in office, however, weak structures had made it impossible for the authorities to manage factional excesses, which ultimately undermined public confidence in the party.
“I believe the lessons learnt show that whilst factions are normal in any great democratic organisation of competing ideas, recognised factions must never become larger than the party as a whole.
“And that is why I offer myself in service. I pledge to serve you to break new grounds. I stand for a united party that listens and acts on the concerns of voters.
“I stand for continuous expansion of the decision making power of the party to grassroots dues paying members.
I believe a well organised party can rise above internal factions and spend its energy on the urgent economic and social issues of the day.
“I expect a General Secretary to keep the party in supreme good health.
In or out of power, the General Secretary must support a winning team to mobilise and use all resources to grow the party all the time. Party members and contributors deserve positive returns for their sacrifices.”
Mr Asamoa said his vision was to position the party to win power through electoral preparedness and social vigilance.
“I expect the party to maintain its duty to civil society by ensuring sound policy positions on the economy and social affairs.
“I think given the right space, Ghanaians are capable of running Ghanaian affairs.
Thus, I believe in succession planning and confidence in the systems we put in place to manage ourselves.
Most importantly, I insist that the privilege of wealth must be the cost of social stability. A rich individual stands the risk of drowning in a pool of poverty.”
Mr Asamoa said Ghanaians had the responsibility to demand a functional society from their political leadership.
“As the convenor of the Danquah/Busia Club on Legon Campus, I