Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has raised concerns over what he perceives as entrenched factionalism within the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In an interview with Accra-based TV3, Mr. Kufuor, who led Ghana between 2000 and 2008, pointed out that the NPP of today exhibits significant differences compared to its past.
He emphasized the pressing need for a thorough evaluation of the party’s activities as it charts its future course. He likened the required commitment within the party to a form of dedication akin to a religious belief.
Mr. Kufuor expressed his observation that the sense of commitment he once experienced within the party appears to have diminished. He stressed the importance of practicing true democracy and highlighted inclusivity as a priority over factionalism.
He explained, “The way I feel it, I don’t sense the same strong commitment. I have likened commitment to almost a religion. I don’t sense that now. We are talking proper democracy, an inclusive one; you wouldn’t emphasize factions.”
Mr. Kufuor emphasized that emphasizing party factions, whether at the constituency or national level, fosters division and obstructs cooperation.
He stated, “Once the practice of selecting constituency or national representatives is in place, you wouldn’t be so divisive and emphasize factions. He belongs to that side, so no cooperation. You do that, and you are dividing the force.”