There are strong indications that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition Convention People’s Party (CPP) would one day merge into one political party under an Nkrumah-Rawlings tradition.
Though it is a generally held view that it is the NDC that has disintegrated the CPP, some leading members from both parties are seriously canvassing for the merger to take place.
Both parties share left wing ideologies, with the CPP espousing socialist ideas whilst NDC describes itself as a social democratic party.
According to reliable sources, President Atta Mills, who is a graduate of the defunct Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institution and a strong Nkrumaist, seems to have confirmed this perception by declaring Nkrumah’s birth day a public holiday.
The President also demonstrated his commitment to the agenda of the Nkrumaists by galvanizing support from other Heads of States on the African continent and the Africa Union to adopt the centenary birthday celebration of Dr. Nkrumah as a continental event to be included on the A Us calendar of Special Events.
The Vice president, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama also dropped a hint at Nkroful, the home town of Dr. Nkrumah during his recent visit to the town that he was a true CPP man. The Vice President’s father was a Minister of State in the CPP government of Dr. Nkrumah.
These indications, according to observers, are clear signals that Rawlings’ party and the Nkrumaists CPP could one day merge against the Danquah Dombo-Busia tradition, which is the only strong force from the right wing.
The son of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Sekou, in an interview with MetroTV during one of its programmes- ‘Thank God is Friday’, last week Friday, also hinted that just as the Danquah Busia traditions have successfully merged without the name of the tradition being a concern, there could also be a Rawlings Nkrumah tradition.
“The name does not matter, I think there can be Rawlings Nkrumah tradition,” he opined.
According to him, his father’s CPP which fought for the independence of Ghana was different from the CPP of today. To him it is only the NDC that is executing the agenda of his father.
When the National Chairman of the CPP, Mr. Ladi Nylander was contacted by The Chronicle On Saturday on this subject, he did not rule out the possibility of an Nkrumah-Rawlings tradition.
“It is possible that one day something like that could happen because in politics you can’t rule such things out. The two parties are closely linked,” he said.
Mr. Nylander could, however, not confirm when the possible merger would take place.
“As to the merger, it is too early to say something about it,” he said.
He believes the CPP in particular has still has some challenges to deal with.
“We in the CPP need to sort out our own problems first, which we are currently doing and will work harder to make the party attractive” he added.
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