By Edmund Mingle
Thursday, 06 December 2007
Susan Adu-Amankwah, a pharmacist, is contesting the race for the Greater Accra Regional chairmanship of the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
She believes she has what it takes to win the leadership slot and to revive the party to become a favourite for the Ghanaian electorate in the region.
The 38-year-old pharma-cist told the Times in an interview that her dynamism coupled with her understanding of the CPP’s ideologies of social justice which she would pursue when given the nod, are what she would use to revive the party in the region.
“Greater Accra Region was once the flagship of the party, and I want the regional branch to regain that status to attract more followers,” she said.
She was optimistic that her age would be of an added advantage since the current thinking of the party is that there is a need for older generation to “take a back seat and be advisors”.
“The CPP is a party for the masses and we have to make it attractive,” she said, adding that it was about time the CPP reflected the reality at all levels of society.
Mrs. Adu-Amankwah, a scientist with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research of the University of Ghana, has an extensive experience in political activism and mobilisation, having been a member of the Patriots, a dynamic youth wing of the CPP.
Her plan towards reviving the CPP in the region included a programme aimed at creating partnership among all the regional and constituency executives.
She also hopes to improve on the governance structure at the regional level and to collaborate with the national executives of the party in making the CPP a credible party for the electorate in the 2008 elections.
Mrs. Adu-Amankwah, who described herself as “a genetically CPP lady” because she was introduced to Nkrumaism at a very younger age, commended the outgoing regional executives for holding the fort, saying it is time for the party to move ahead with young and dynamic leaders.
She appealed to the delegates at the Greater Accra Regional congress of the CPP which would be held on Monday December 10, to vote for her promising that she would deliver to make a difference.