The Convention People’s Party (CPP) finds itself embroiled in a leadership crisis just 362 days before the scheduled 2024 elections, a situation that threatens the legacy of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah within the party.
Amidst claims from a faction of the party’s leadership that the entire national executive has been replaced by an Interim Council, the CPP’s National Chairman, Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankuma, asserts her continued leadership despite contestations. A spokesperson for the 13-member Interim Council, Dr. Akwasi Bosompem Boateng, indicated that following the voluntary resignation of eight national executive members (excluding the National Chairman), the National Executive Committee (NEC) allegedly removed her from office in compliance with the party’s constitution and the NEC’s authority.
Chaired by Kwame Nkrumah Botsio, who also serves as Secretary, the Interim Council seeks to steer the CPP forward. However, signs suggest that the internal conflict within the historic political entity might persist.
Nana Kumankuma refuted claims of her removal, asserting that no decision was made during the NEC meeting in Kumasi where the resignations were acknowledged. She underscored that she closed the session without tendering her resignation or facing removal, challenging the legitimacy of those portraying themselves as Interim Council members, pointing out their absence from the party’s constitutional provisions.
The Vice Chairman of the Council of Elders, Christian Yao Zigah, concurred with Nana Kumankuma, denouncing the Interim Council’s establishment as illegal and contrary to the CPP Constitution’s Chapter 12, Article 111.
The Interim Council, however, defends its legitimacy, stating its formation was endorsed by the NEC, the party’s second-highest decision-making body after the National Delegates Congress. It cautioned former leaders against statements detrimental to the party’s reputation and urged adherence to the NEC’s unanimous decision.
Amid the dispute, Mr. Bright Akwetey, a prominent CPP member supporting the Interim Council, criticized the internal discord caused by certain female members, claiming their actions had hindered the party’s progress. He affirmed that the decision to set them aside was necessary to move the party forward, citing conformity with the CPP Constitution.
The CPP’s internal strife poses a significant challenge to the party’s stability and unity ahead of the impending national elections.