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Tarzan Dribbles NPP


Charles Wereko Brobby

Charles Wereko Brobby

Notwithstanding a generally-held perception that Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby aka Tarzan has broken his umbilical cord with the New Patriotic Party (NPP), fresh facts reveal he is a card-bearing, fully-paid-up and founding member of the party.

This was revealed when he confirmed to DAILY GUIDE that he would definitely run for the position of NPP National Chairman. “In 2006, I wrote to the General Secretary of the NPP and officially informed him that I have rejoined the party and I then went to my local branch and regularized my membership…Yes I have a party card and that is the only evidence of membership.

There are many people who say they are founding members but do not even have a membership card and I find this unfortunate,” Dr. Wereko-Brobby said. Even though the above submission has partially cleared the air, it still puts into doubt the exact position Tarzan holds in the NPP after he publicly left the party in 1996 to form the United Ghana Movement (UGM) in 2000.

The NPP General Secretary, Nana Ohene Ntow, confirmed yesterday that indeed Tarzan wrote to him, asking to rejoin the party and he directed the latter to route his application through his constituency. However, he could not say whether the UGM chieftain complied or not.

When asked if he has paid his party dues and is an active member of the NPP, Dr. Wereko-Brobby gave a rather long and loud chuckle, after which he sighed heavily, relaxed in a sofa and quipped:

“Oh party dues? Just GH¢1 for a whole month and you are asking me if I am a fully paid-up member; if I am deficient in these basic requirements, I would not have told you that I want to become the National Chairman of our party.”

He explained that the main reason for deciding to go for the chairmanship of the party is because the NPP leadership must never be seen as having a bias for or against any of its 2012 flag-bearer aspirants because that could split the party at the grassroots, as according to him, happened during the 2008 elections.

He would be competing against Stephen Ntim, a former National Vice Chairman of the NPP, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, a former Greater Accra Regional Chairman and National Campaign Manager of NPP; Felix Owusu-Adjapong, former Majority Leader and NPP Parliamentarian; and Sammy Crabbe, current Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NPP.

The party rose from the National Executive Committee meeting yesterday, affirming the December 19 date for the election of national officers. Fifty-six-year-old Tarzan said though he has maximum respect and admiration for the various party big shots who have expressed interest in the Chairmanship, indications are that some are couching their candidacy in terms of preferences for individual flag-bearer aspirants; an attitude he condemned and vowed to avoid.

“If the forthcoming contests for the selection of the party’s executive, at the national, regional and constituency levels, turn out to be nothing more than attempts to plant biased officials whose allegiance is to individual players first rather than the party, then we will be revisiting 2008.

We can be sure that even though the outcome may favour a particular individual, the party’s fortunes at the next elections will almost certainly be mortally wounded. “Victory 2012 for the NPP will only be achieved if the process for deciding who should lead the party is seen and accepted by everyone in the party, and even the country at large, as one in which a united party provides a patently level playing field at every level of its organization to those who aspire to lead us to victory.

“The truth is that if at the end of the process, everyone who put themselves forward comes out feeling that they have had a fair and equal shot at the prize, and especially that the managers of the process – the party’s executive at all levels – have been fair to all, then the outcome will be embraced by all.

Very importantly, all of them will commit themselves and their followers to working together to bring the victory home,” he added. When DAILY GUIDE broke the story on Tuesday that Tarzan would be contesting the NPP National Chairman position, the news was greeted with a mixed response but one question that cut across all commentaries and analyses on the story was whether he is a member of the NPP. Tarzan is a dramatic politician with a striking personality- a diplomat, and an academic who is considered a ‘no nonsense man’.

He started his political career in 1993 at the dawn of the Fourth Republic and was a frontline activist of the Alliance For Change (AFC), a political pressure group that organized a series of demonstrations against the Jerry Rawlings-led Administration and was appointed Chief Executive of the Ghana@50 Secretariat that was responsible for planning Ghana’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations in 2007.

Source: dailyguideghana

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