Comatose PNC Splits

Dr Hilla Limann’s People’s National Convention (PNC), which he labored to found on July 27, 1992,appears to have grounded to a halt, as some top executives of the party, have angrily parted ways to form a new political party called, People’s National Party (PNP).

For a party that has stayed in opposition perpetually after 1979 elections victory, leaving political power in the hands of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), many would have thought that, they would perhaps work together with other Nkrumahist parties as this year’s December polls approaches, to become a force to reckon with.

But that appears not to be the interest of the PNC, as the latest news coming from their camp says, some 11 members of the National Executive Committee (NEC), have broken ties with the party to form the PNP.

History has it that, Dr Hilla Limann won the 1979 elections to become President on the ticket of People’s National Party based on its ideals.

The interim executives of the newly formed PNP, would be led by national chairman, Janet Nabla, who until recently was the controversial General Secretary of the PNC.

The others are Vice Chairman, Francis Oppong; General Secretary, Sulemana Seidu; Deputy Secretary, Abdul Kadri Issah; National Organizer, Francis Daasu; Deputy Organizer, Faustina Anane, Treasurer, Jessica Aputare; Deputy Treasurer, Zakaria Mohammed; National Women’s Organizer, Patience Lamisi Adams; Deputy Women’s Organizer, Sandra Adepa; National Youth Organizer, Muniru S. Mohammed; Deputy Youth Organiser, Bright Foto and the Communication Secretary, Samuel Ayesu.

Their breakaway party, is expected to deepen the woes of the PNC, which is yet to organize itself to elect a flagbearer for the December general election, provided it chooses not to form alliance with other opposition parties.

The split, The Anchor gathered, comes on the back of disagreements, following the High Court ruling on April 8, 2024, that upheld the suspension of PNC General Secretary Janet Nabla over charges of gross misconduct, insubordination, and incompetence and reinstated David Apasera as the party’s leader.

In a press statement after the court ruling on April 8, the party stated that “the court’s ruling brings to an end the three-year leadership crisis that had negatively impacted the party.”

However, Sulemana Seidu, Interim General Secretary of the PNP, addressing the press yesterday, Wednesday, April 17, stressed that “the party could not function under a leader lacking integrity and credibility”.

“It is with great sadness that we announce our decision to leave the People’s National Convention (PNC) and form our own party, the People’s National Party (PNP).

“The decision to depart from the PNC comes as a result of the fact that we disagree with the ruling of the high court of 8th April 2024 for reinstating individuals whom we believe were rightfully dismissed from leadership positions due to financial malfeasance and misconduct,” a story filed by 3news said.

“We the members of the National Executive Committee, representing 11 out of 16 regions, disagree with the ruling. We cannot in good conscience, allow individuals lacking integrity and credibility to govern our party, especially when the legacy of our founder, Dr. Hilla Limann, is one of sacrifice without blemish.

“As we approach the pivotal elections of 2024, we recognize that credibility is paramount. Our party, the People’s National Party, will uphold the values of honesty, integrity, and transparency. We will not compromise on these principles, nor shall we allow the tarnishing of our founder’s legacy by individuals with stained hands,” Mr Siedu emphasized.

He indicated that they would uphold the legacy of integrity and honesty set forth by Dr Hilla Limann and work tirelessly to serve the best interests of the nation.

He, therefore asked for the continued support of Ghanaians, as they embark on this new journey.

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