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CPP marks 50 years of Nkrumah’s overthrow 


The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has marked the 50th anniversary of the overthrow of Dr Kwame Nkrumah with a call on the youth to support the party and begin a process that can bring about a just society where resources will be distributed equitably to every Ghanaian

The 50-year anniversary was under the theme: ‘50 Years Later, From Miracle to Crisis to Recovery’.

Speaking to Class News’ Parker Wilson at the ceremony, Director of Communications for the CPP Kadir Abdul Rauf Issifu said they chose the theme because under Nkrumah, Ghana was able to experience economic miracles, adding that since the overthrow of the CPP, the country has struggled to find its feet.

According to him, it is only a CPP government that can renew the process of bringing a just and democratic society in which the resources of the economy will be distributed in an equal manner.

He said 24 February every year marked a sad day because after the overthrow of Nkrumah by the military, the country had not been able to recover.

He stressed that the achievements of the CPP were supreme and have not been equalled by any political party in anyway.

“So it is an opportunity for us to tout our achievements once again and also to encourage and challenge the youth of Ghana to come out in their numbers and support the CPP, so that we can begin a process that can bring about a just society, a society where our resources will be distributed, so that every Ghanaian will benefit,” Mr Issifu said.

According to him, one of the problems facing the country is the unequal distribution of resources.

“One of the banes of the country is unfair and unequal distribution of national wealth. You will find that the wealth of Ghana is deeply concentrated in the hands of a select few and majority find themselves in the towering pits of hopelessness and despair,” he bemoaned.

Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 served as Ghana’s first Prime Minister and president under the CPP government.

In February 1966, while on a state visit to North Vietnam and China, his government was overthrown in a military coup led by Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka and the National Liberation Council.

The CPP has since not been able to win power since Ghana returned to constitutional rule in 1992.

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