Let’s do away with politics of ethnicity – Joe Ghartey
Flagbearer Aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Joe Ghartey, has called on party delegates to reject politics of ethnicity and tribalism.
He made this call when he met with the Upper West Regional Executive Committee on Wednesday, June 24, 2023 at Wa to canvass for votes ahead of the party’s incoming presidential candidate election.
Mr Ghartey said that the founding fathers of the tradition including R. S. Dombo would never be forgotten. He however stated that they should never be seen as the basis for tribal or ethnic politics.
The Flag bearer Hopeful said in 1957 when Ghana became a nation, the then Gold Coast, Ashanti, the North and parts of Trans – Volta Togoland joined together to form Ghana.
He said that since then we have remained a nation; one nation. He said if we introduced ethnicity into our politics we would be sowing a dangerous and poisonous seed and the fruits we would reap would definitely be bitter.
Mr Joe Ghartey stated that the delegates should vote for the best person and they should not rely on where the person hail from.
The Flag bearer Hopeful said his service to NPP was from its inception in 1992 and he recounted among other things the role in the writing of the Stolen Verdict in 1993.
The delegates present confirmed that he had served the Party diligently and recalled his role in 2009, during the Jirapa bye – election which arose because of the death of Hon Edward Salia.
Mr Joe Ghartey said he had gathered experience in the Executive, where he served as Attorney – General and Minister for Justice as well as Railways Development Minister
He also said he was a five term Member of Parliament who had also served as Deputy Speaker of Parliament and as a President he said he would work with both sides of Parliament to carry the agenda of the Nation forward.
The Flag bearer Hopeful said he had a clear vision for Ghana based on the private sector and the role of government would be to support the private sector and gave examples of how he would promote the educational sector and
health sector as major drivers of the economy.
The Regional Executives thanked Mr Joe Ghartey and wished him well assuring him that they would not disappoint him adding “Joe Ghartey is a good man with a good heart”.
By Emmanuel Adu Gyamfi
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