Convention People's Party Discussion

Convention People's Party Discussion

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Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Sep 17, 2012
I am starting this thread in order to address the need to keep the people informed and to discuss the activity and events of the Convention People's Party. We are a people's party, meaning that we belong to the African people. Our affairs are the affairs of the African people. And we cannot and will not develop programs, projects and policies without the active input of the masses of Africans everywhere.

I will post news regularly. Each of us is asked to also post news relating to the internal affairs of the African nation around the entire African world. We will discuss them and determine how we as a people's party ought to deal with the issues. Thus, we are fundamentally different from the Republicans, the Democrats, and all the other political parties that impact our lives. The party and the people are one. Therefore, whatever problems the people have it is the party's duty to offer political and economic solutions to the problems. And we can do that only to the extent that we consult with people and the people offer input to our thought processes and suggest ways and means to do what we want to do to bring our community together and show leadership.

I will be posting relevant information here often. But for this to work, each of us must also post relevant information and offer relevant ideas and opinions.

Level 8

Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Sep 17, 2012
To get things rolling, here is my first news item that we must all take an interest in at whatever level most suitable to us as individuals:

Togbe Afede lauds Abu Sakara

Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli State has praised Dr Abu Sakara, 2012 Presidential Candidate of the Convention People’s Party for the vision he intends to implement to develop the Country if voted into office come December elections.

“I want to commend you for the clarity with which you have articulated you programs and vision for the Country”. I appreciate the three things you have emphasized, the Social Transformation, Economic Emancipation and Equity; we need all these three to move our Country forward”.

According to him, Dr Sakara has a very good message and urged him to ensure that he reaches every corner of the Country in order for all electorates to be informed about the CPP’s policies for electorates to make an informed decision during voting day on December 7.

Togbe Afede XIV made these remarks when Dr Abu Sakara paid a courtesy call on him at his residence in Ho- the Volta Regional Capital, as part of his tour to the Region.

Togbe Afede XIV indicated that there is a lot in our society that needs correction hence the need for a leader with vision to address them.

He congratulated Dr Sakara for the message of peace he has been preaching and urged him to continue.

He however expressed worry over the situation where tensions are heightened every election year.

“I am not comfortable that every four years, we have to be praying for peace when we are not under any attack from any external forces. Why should we be our own enemies, why should we threaten the peace that has made Ghana so unique?” he asked.

“I wish every election will come and pass like any other year and not one that keeps all of us in fear, but I know the CPP has always stood for peace. Our first President Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was a man of peace, he had a vision of keeping our Country united and he demonstrated in many things he did, where in those days you could find somebody from the Brong Ahafo Region as Regional Minister in the Volta Region”.

He added that, as a Country we need to go back and build on what Dr Nkrumah has already started.

Continued below...

Level 8

Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Sep 17, 2012
Continued from above...

Togbe Afede XIV lamented that the people of Ghana desire the kind of leader that would close the gap between the Black Man and the White Man. The leader that can use our resources to move the continent forward, so that, poverty, disease and ignorance will in future become alien to the African continent.“We need selfless and honest leadership”.

Dr Sakara on his part said stated,“We are here as caretakers of a special assignment, that assignment is to return the Convention People’s Party back to government, we accept it is a process and not an event, but we also know that for the sake of our Country and this generation it must be now and not later”.

Dr Sakara assured Agbogbomefia of Asogli State and his elders that the CPP will not under any circumstances in this year’s elections accept for this Country to be torn apart because after all the CPP is the tradition that ushered Ghana into Independence.

“Togbe and your Elders can count on the good conduct of the Convention People’s Party”.

He told the people of the Region to also count on the options that the CPP is offering in this year’s elections, for Ghana to once again find itself and find the road back to its self confidence to fulfill the vision of the founding Fathers as an example in Africa that all other African Countries can aspire to be.

“We have not fulfilled this vision yet, it is a quest for our generation that we do it and we can only achieve it through economic emancipation of our people, which is the unfinished agenda for our generation”.

Dr Sakara thanked Togbe Afede XIV for the warm reception he gave him and the team.

Dr Sakara was accompanied by his wife Lily Sakara Foster, National Organizer-Abu Forgor, Chair for Women and Children Affairs also Member of the Manifesto Committee - Mrs Elizabeth Quarcor Akpalu, Mr Thomas Ntumy - National Campaign Manager, P.K. Donkor Ayifli – Member, Council of Elders, Vincent Norgbedzi – Volta Regional Chairman including Constituency and polling station executives.

Dr Sakara is continuing the Volta Regional Today.

Level 8

Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Oct 15, 2012
Who Is Cherita Sarpong
Date: 15-Oct-2012

The flag bearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Dr Abu Sakara, has named Ms Cherita Sarpong, a relatively unknown social worker and philanthropist, as his running mate for the 2012 elections.

Cherita Sarpong was born on February 5, 1956, in Accra. She attended the Mfantsiman Girls’ Secondary School in Saltpond for her secondary education and the Kumasi Polytechnic, where she obtained a Diploma in Business Studies.

She obtained further education at the Washington School for Secretaries, the Montgomery Community College and the Notre Dame University, all in the US.

According to her curriculum vitae (CV) made available to the Daily Graphic, she is also a former National Organiser of the 31st December Women’s Movement and one of the initial five people who developed the concept for the formation of the movement.

Ms Sarpong has worked with Working Mothers Incorporated, an employment agency for domestic care in the US.

She has also worked with Optimum Care Agency...She was the originator of that programme and worked in collaboration with others to implement it. The programme still runs today in the US.

Ms Sarpong, while in the US, was also an active volunteer in the Obama 2008 Campaign and embarked on a “Get-out-to-vote” campaign in South Carolina and a “door-to-door” in Virginia. She gave out her house to be used as campaign office on the last leg of the campaign.

In Ghana, she established the Caring Kids assist children to read.

YES took her across the length and breadth of the country to organise nation-wide reading programmes, donate books and computers to basic and secondary schools. Tens of thousands of books were distributed through the programme.

Through YES, she also provided financial support for the Dormaa Ahenkro students in the University of Ghana, Legon, in 2000...She funded all those programmes from her own resources.

She has also sponsored and organised excellence and abstinence clubs in some senior high schools in the country to remind students to make the most of their time while in school and stay away from sex and other social vices.

Ms Sarpong also provided exercise books for distribution in the entire Kadjebi District in the Volta Region and established a center for excellence for the youth...organised workshops to educate teachers on new teaching techniques. This was done in collaboration with a renowned teacher from England who had been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain for her contribution to teaching in England.

She gave financial support to more than 147 youth who could not afford the initial fee of Ghc 550. Most of them are still in school. She presented 300 live chickens to widows in the Dormaa District and more than 1,000 wax prints to widows and old ladies in the Dormaa District in 2005.

...she launched a pilot programme dubbed “Cleaning Ghana for Computers” a programme which prodded children to cultivate the habit of cleaning the environment and disposing of waste plastics and cans properly. Computers and educational tools were procured for the schools of children who complied.

Ms Sarpong, a mother of three, has also sponsored and organised excellence and abstinence clubs in some senior high schools in the country to remind students to make the most of their time while in school and stay away from sex and other social vices.

She also organised the first youth parliament in Ghana, a concept later adopted by the National Youth Council (NYC), and also established the Human Potential Community College, a school that admits JHS graduates, regardless of their grades in the BECE.

Ms Sarpong has won 10 awards for her contribution to Ghana’s development, which include the West African Students Award (WASU). She was also acclaimed “Mother Ghana” by the National Union of Ghana Students during the ECOWAS Peace Summit in 2004.

Level 8

Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Oct 20, 2012
Convention People's Party 2012 Manifesto:

Message from Our Presidential Candidate, 2012.

A successor generation has come to the helm of national affairs fifty five years (55) after independence.

The development challenges we now face are however unchanged and in some respects have been made worse by a population that has increased six fold from 4 million to 24.7 million. Since the first Republic Ghana has moved from a position of self reliance to dependence.

Many of our people do not have adequate access to clean water, food, shelter, health care and education.

In 2011, for example, 53 per cent of school children taking the BECE failed and could not continue onto Senior High school. Only 20 percent of pupils that enter primary school reach Senior High School and only 3 per cent them reach University level.

Only a few of our poorest people who need basic healthcare are able to afford NHIS subscription. Maternal mortality is unacceptably high at 350 per 100,000 live births and the country remains protein deficient in its diet.

Socially our cultural values have been eroded by unbridled modernity, whilst national patriotism has declined. Economically our development has been stifled by policies that have shrunk the manufacturing sector to single digit as a percentage of its contribution to national GDP.

The nation therefore continues to borrow to meet recurrent costs of mostly consumptive expenditure.

This fundamental imbalance between inadequate economic growth and demand for goods and services puts pressure on public spending and has resulted in a debt burden of more than GHc 25billion.(BOG,Feb 2012) This situation is untenable and irresponsible!

Fundamental reforms are needed to reverse this trend of affairs and to achieve transformative change.

The country needs bold and visionary leadership that will address these big challenges at a fundamental level

A CPP government under my leadership will ensure that the state fulfills its responsibility for empowering its citizens to hold government officials accountable. Corruption will be detected and punished to take away incentives through motivated police and intelligence services.

The judiciary will be supported to ensure efficient administration of justice through effective leadership building for public service employees.

We in the CPP will live up to our tradition of selfless, dedicated and committed service to the people. Our overriding goal is to render service to community for attainment our national development agenda.

Dr. Abu Sakara
Presidential Candidate 2012


"Our aim is to establish in Ghana a strong society in which no one will have any anxiety about the basic means of life, about work, food and shelter; where poverty and illiteracy no longer exist and disease is brought under control; and where our educational facilities provide all the children of Ghana with the best possible opportunities for the development of their potentialities.” Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

The above statement from our Seven-year Development Plan written almost fifty years ago is as relevant today as it was then. It bears testimony to our belief that people should be at the centre of all our development efforts.

After 55 years of independence, we, the people and State of Ghana, are yet to take control of our nation and our economy.

The CPP is determined to make Ghana work again for Ghanaians. We cannot subscribe to an economy that cannot deliver jobs and higher productivity.

Continued here:

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Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Oct 21, 2012
H.E. Comrade Samia Nkrumah, MP Republic of Ghana is our leader:
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#7 Oct 21, 2012
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#8 Nov 4, 2012
Vote for CPP: Dormaa chief appeals

The Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area has endorsed the running mate of the Convention People’s Party describing her as the best person to support the party’s flagbearer Dr Abu Sakara with his vision to transform Ghana.

Osagyefo Agyemang Badu II believes the CPP presidential ticket is worth the mandate of Ghanaians in the December polls.

He made these remarks when the flagbearer and his running mate Nana Akosua Frimponmaa Sarpong Kumankumah called on him at his palace in Dormaa.

Osagyeo Agyemang Badu also noted that it would be wrong for anyone to criticize chiefs for doing politics.

According to him, the 1992 constitution of Ghana does not bar chiefs from doing politics but rather stops them from taken part in active partisan politics.

He expressed his gratitude to the CPP flagbearer for choosing a running mate who hails from the region and more especially a ‘credible traditional ruler’ from his kingdom.

Osagyeo Agyemang Badu congratulated Nana Akosua Frimponmaa for her nomination and subsequent selection as the running mate to the flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party.

Osagyefo politely instructed all his sub-chiefs to vote for the CPP since one of their own has been chosen to what he describes as respectable position.

Nana Akosua Frimponmaa Sarpong Kumankumah, who was the Gyantoahemaa for the Dormaa Traditional area until her selection as CPP flagbearer’s running mate, thanked the chief and his elders and the people of Dormaa for their support since her selection.

She indicated that had it not been the constitution which does not permit traditional rulers to take part in active partisan politics she would not have abdicated the stool she was occupying.

Nana Akosua Frimponmaa was grateful the people of Dormaa for accepted her decision in good faith. She said she is of the firm believe that the CPP administration led by Dr Sakara would not neglect traditional rulers as it has been the case in the past thirty years.

Dr Abu Sakara on his part urged the Chief and his elders to continue to pray for abundance peace ahead of the December elections. He stated that the CPP would not do anything that will destabilize the current peace and tranquility the Ghana is enjoying.

Dr Sakara promised the Chief and his elders that the CPP will complete the unfinished agenda of ‘our forefather of achieving economic emancipation for our country’ if voted into office.

The CPP flagbearer was accompanied by the wife Mrs Lilly Sakara, 2nd National vice Chair, Rodaline Imoru Ayana, the National Women’s Organizer Hajia Hamdatu Haruna, National Youth Organize, Kadri Abdul Rauf, Presidential Spokesperson, Kwame Jantuah and some members of the campaign team.

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Saint Louis, MO

#10 Jan 2, 2013
General News of Monday, 31 December 2012

Source: Joy Online

CPP begins process to retrieve all confiscated properties

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The Convention Peoples’ Party says it will use 2013 to concentrate on retrieving all assets confiscated by government during the 1966 coup.

The party lost terribly in the December election losing its only seat in Parliament at Jomoro, held by its Chairperson, Samia Yaba Nkrumah.

Samia Yaba Nkrumah recently tabled a "5 - Point Plan" for discussion with the Party’s Leadership, which she hopes will result in total rebranding of the party in its 63-year history.

The plan includes a total restructuring, rebranding, strengthening party education, renewed activism, internal financial reorganization, Nkrumahist unity, and greater international reconnection.

This will be followed by consultation with the membership of the party, beginning with the Central Committee of the party followed by the National Executive Council.

Samia Nkrumah told Joy News on Monday, the move retrieve confiscated assets belonging to the CPP forms part of the major restructuring process her party will be undertaking in 2013.

She said the party has started by identifying the properties and then engage the authorities in negotiations for their release.

She said if negotiations fail, the party will resort to the courts to get its properties released.

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Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Feb 3, 2013
We are not interested in joining one big party to save our skin – CPP Chair

Conventions People’s Party (CPP) Chairperson Samia Yaba Nkrumah has affirmed that her party will not enter into a merger with either the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) or the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in spite of perceptions that her party is threatened with extinction.

According to Samia, the NDC and NPP have, for the past 20 years, pursued programmes that have not made a meaningful impact on the lives of the Ghanaian.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Thursday, January 24, 2013, the immediate-past Member of Parliament for the Jomoro constituency in the Western Region said,“the two big parties have, in the last 20 years, listened to advises and implemented programmes that have not worked.”

“We are not interested in joining one big party to save our skin…If we gave away our principles then we have no mission, then there is no need for us to exist…Ghanaians don’t want us to disappear or be submerged in one of the big parties,” she emphasised.

The daughter of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, also declared that the CPP would only consider a merger with a political party that shares the ideologies of her late father, namely serious policies on industrialization that will lead to economic transformation. Any party that meets those conditions, she said, would be considered for a merger.

Ms. Nkrumah, who is on a mission to rebrand the CPP ahead of the 2016 general elections, said that the party are currently in talks with parties that share in Nkrumah’s ideas- the Peoples’ National Convention and Great Consolidated Popular Party among others- for a possible merger that would produce a solid front and help the storied party recapture power.

She is confident the CPP, which once produced the country’s first President, will bounce back and recapture political power and continue Dr. Nkrumah’s programmes, which Ms. Nkrumah said have been shelved by succeeding governments.

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