Factions in NPP good – Anane
Former Minister of Health Dr Richard Anane says there is nothing wrong with factionalism in political parties including the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Nhyiaeso Constituency Member of Parliament said varying opinions crammed into one organisation rather proves the dynamism within such organisation.
In a Hot Issues interview to be aired midday Saturday, February 20, Dr Anane insisted that: “We form parties not out of families, not out of brothers or out of friends. We form parties out of people who share similar opinions.”
He explained that the reason why there seem to be factions within a party may be because “even though we have the same viewpoints, the way we want to approach it might be different”.
He therefore insisted: “There is nothing wrong having a party as dynamic as the New Patriotic Party and having factions in them”.
Factions within the largest opposition party have reportedly revolved around Former President and party leader John Agyekum Kufuor and current leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
While the Asantes including Dr Anane are said to be tilted to Mr Kufuor, the Akyems are said to be behind Nana Addo.
But Dr Anane said party members must accept the factionalism within the NPP.
“When you are in a party and you accept the fact that it is a party made up of all manner of people, you will also appreciate that not all of them will share your view. This is one of the major things that some of us think seem to be going on currently that may not augur well for our party.”
He, nonetheless, expressed belief that the NPP will “purge itself of whatever is alien and ensure that the true beliefs of the party succeed”.