Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has urged the New Patriotic Party to find ways to engage the services of professionals to engage in strategic thinking to generate the required strategies for the sustenance of the party.
According to Mr Kufuor, there are many party members whose professional expertise are key to the future of the party, but may not be interested in going through elections to occupy certain positions, as well as others who are interested in working from behind the scenes.
He believes the time has come for the party to identify and engage such people to serve as strategic thinkers for the party.
The call from the former president appears to strengthen the position of those who believe the deputy executive positions in the party must still be by appointment.
Among the voluminous proposals for constitutional amendments for the NPP is the one seeking to make the positions of deputy party officers elective.
The just-ended National Delegates’ Conference could not carry through with the proposed amendments and, therefore, resolved that an Extraordinary Conference should held later “to consider the proposed amendments.”
The party’s deputy national executives are appointed under the current dispensation, to allow for strategic appointments to achieve a semblance of regional or ethnic balance, and also to allow for certain strategic appointments to be made based upon certain expertise.
Party insiders believe the party must tread cautiously in seeking to change the current arrangement.
In fact, the Daily Statesman can state on authority that the National Democratic Congress has “regretted” resorting to elections for the first ever position of Communications Officer. It is therefore considering using appointment to get its next Communications Officer. The position is currently occupied by Solomon Nkansah.
Addressing the 25th Annual Delegates’ Conference of the NPP at the weekend in Cape Coast, former President Kufuor noted that even though the NPP is a democratic party, it must realize that “we are now in an era of technocracy and so not all offices in the party must be voted for.”
While acknowledging the need for the leadership of the party to be voted for, he said it was important to go beyond that to get professionals appointed and motivated well with good remuneration to stretegise for the party.
“Strategizing, think-tanking, if it is on the economy or whatever aspect of life these days, you must have some professional who may not show up. His role is not to seek party office but he must be there employed by party,” Mr Kufuor stressed.
He added: “The backroom people don’t tend to be too good on platforms. That’s the profession of politicians like us but we have such people who work from behind the scenes.”
He also charged members of the NPP to be mindful of what the party stands for, explaining that the party’s DNA was to come and discharge a duty to the nation.
He advised the NPP not to forget that its central duty as a party is to take Ghana out of the mess “that unfortunately for us we’ve been left into by the other side.”
He entreated party members not to do or say anything or conduct themselves in any way that would sabotage the young government of Nana Akufo-Addo.
He said anyone who would do so maybe someone who lacks understanding of the vision of the party.
He advised individuals who have criticisms to do so indoors instead of washing the dirty linen of the NPP in public.
"In the short term, I want to l entreat each and every one of us not to do anything or say anything or conduct ourselves in any way that will rock this young government. You do that, then you are just not seeing the vision with which the party was founded. If you have criticism, please render the criticism indoors. We don’t wash dirty linen in the public; that’s an old adage," he said.