Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid has dismissed claims that the New Patriotic Partyâ€™s [NPP] recently held National Delegates Conference at Koforidua was ostentatious or a waste of resources.
Responding to Mr. John Haywardâ€™s [UK Conservative Party rep] solidarity message that there were more â€œposters than delegatesâ€™ at the NPP Conference, Mr. Hamid said the NPP should not be blamed, but rather the over 40 aspirants who contested the various positions.
Speaking on Citi TV’s Face to Face, Mr. Hamid likened an election to psychological warfare.
He said aspirants were looking gain the upper hand by spreading their campaign paraphernalia.
â€˜â€™Election is psychological warfare; somebody says Politics is a war without warfare. Therefore, you ought to at any point in time be seen to inflict as much psychological trauma to your opponents as possible. And the way to inflict Psychological trauma on your opponent is to show that you have every place covered and the way they do that is to populate the place with posters, banners, leaflets, and so on.â€�
The Official Government spokesperson explained that accusations of extravagance and ostentation concerning the NPP Conference should be directed to the aspirants and not the party as a corporate body. As a result, the level of competition among the aspirants.
Mr. Hamid further described the NPP conference in Koforidua was not â€œostentatious but rather untidyâ€� in his view
â€œSo if people have gone out of their way to raise money, to do these things, I donâ€™t necessarily believe it shows ostentation on the part of the party as a cooperate body. You may want to accuse the individual of being ostentatious. But it becomes necessary in their bid to outdo their opponents.â€�
Posters not a proper use of resources
A representative of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, John Hayward, during the recently held NPP Conference in Koforidua described as a waste of resources the numerous posters of aspirants in the national executivesâ€™ election of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to him, monies spent on such posters and banners could be used to improve the lives of Ghanaians.
â€œI came through the streets today, and I saw so many posters, posters of the wonderful candidates here in this conference. But I had to reflect. I think I saw more posters than the delegates here at this conference and I wondered, â€˜is this really the best use of our resources?â€™â€�he quizzed.
Omari Wadie replies John Hayward
Meanwhile, the newly elected Third Vice Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Michael Omari Wadie,Â Â justified the splashing of numerous posters and billboards to market aspirants who participated in the partyâ€™s national executivesâ€™ election which was held on July 7.
By: Jude Mensa Duncan/citinewsroom.com/Ghana