The opposition National Democratic Congress Deputy National Communications Officer, Godwin Ako Gunn has cautioned the prospective Parliamentary aspirants of the party to be mindful on how to communicate.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has slated August 24, 2019, for its parliamentary primaries.
The exercise is expected to take place across all 275 constituencies in the country.
General of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah told journalists on Thursday that the party has also pegged filing of nominations forms at Twenty Five thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 25,000.00).
However, women and persons living with disability would pay only twelve thousand five hundred Ghana cedis (GHC 12,500.00).
Mr. Nketiah said all aspirants must satisfy the constitutional requirement which qualifies one to be a Member of Parliament.
In a statement issued and signed by Ako Gunn, the Deputy National Communications Officer, copied to the media, cautioned the prospective aspirants to be mindful about their utterances in the media not to give the NPP message.
“…The elephants are unhappy, they have their backs to the wall with no breathing space. My humble appeal to all aspirants is to be mindful of the interviews they grant, and the mischievous media houses that will try to hit heads together to generate controversies that will not enure to our benefit”, the statement emphasized.
He added, “Let us always remember the main battle is with the elephant, and not among ourselves”.
The statement, therefore, urged the aspirants to get in touch with the Communications Department for assistance on how to communicate to avoid inconvenience.
“In case of assistance, kindly reach out to the communication department and we will be readily available to assist you”, the statement opined.
The statement continued “Let us not give them a loaded gun to turn on us. Most political watchers know the NPP is on it’s way out, let the consistency in our communication not be diluted. We at the communication department can not gag you in your interviews, but we are pleading that we go through this phase in the most organized and serene manner exemplary of social democrats”.
The statement noted that “The party’s school (Ghana Institute of Social Democracy) is also organizing programs that will be a guide to all those who want to help the party through the legislative arm of our government come 2021. It is our respected view that all should use this medium to build knowledge in all you need to know before, during and after campaign”.
The statement concluded that “If there is anything more I can add, it will be a caution to all of us and for the aspirants to TALK TO THEIR SUPPORTERS; ESPECIALLY THE ONES ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!!”.
Below is the full statement;
PARLIAMENTARY CAMPAIGN SHOULD NOT DIVIDE US
Yesterday’s announcement of the calendar for parliamentary primaries has seen a lot of posters flying on social media, whether it’s for real or “strategic” reasons, it is important I congratulate you ahead of time.
I know many more will come out in the days ahead. It’s not an easy decision you have made, may it end well with you.
Comrades, with this euphoria to push your ambitions further, let’s be careful not to elbow ourselves along this journey.
Let us always remember the main battle is with the elephant, and not among ourselves.
Our communication officers, communication team, headed by Comrade Sammy Gyamfi have been doing extremely well. The elephants are unhappy, they have their backs to the wall with no breathing space. My humble appeal to all aspirants is to be mindful of the interviews they grant, and the mischievous media houses that will try to hit heads together to generate controversies that will not enure to our benefit.
In case of assistance, kindly reach out to the communication department and we will be readily available to assist you.