CPP Flagbearer Ivor Greenstreet’s Statements at the IEA Debate
On June 20th, the CPP Youth League petitioned CHRAJ to investigate the President on a case of possible conflict of interest following revelations that he purportedly took a gift from a contractor.
We wish to put on record that the decision to petition CHRAJ was a decision taken by leadership of the League and not a unilateral decision of the Youth League’s Commander-In-Chief, Ernesto Yeboah, nor of any other individual member.
All Regional Commanders and all seven co-opted Commanders were consulted and were in agreement. Indeed, the petition was not even signed by the Commander-In-Chief, and therefore, it is erroneous for anyone to suggest that it was a unilateral decision by him.
It is true that the Central Committee (CC) of the Party had not met over this issue. We must note at this point that the Party does not run on the basis of meetings by CC alone. Indeed, if CC were required to meet before anything could happen in the Party, then we would not have Party communicators stating Party positions on various matters on a daily basis.
What is required is a proper understanding of the ideology of the Party, which guides our actions as members. We do not need Nkrumah to resurrect and remind us that Nkrumahism is against corruption. Our action was therefore guided by the ideology of the Party and we believe that is the right thing to do.
Many Ghanaians, including the rank and file of the Party, agree with us on this. Indeed, we have received several calls and messages of encouragement. The UK and Ireland Branch of our Party has written to us endorsing our position and lending their support to it because it is based on the Party’s ideology. “In order that our resources, are not wasted by corrupt practices, and in order to prevent any attempts at personal greed and aggrandisement, at the expense of the people and the State, steps will be taken to ensure that no CONTRACTOR shall offer or give or agree to give to any person in the service of the Government of Ghana any GIFT or consideration of any kind as an inducement or reward for doing, or forbearing to do, or for having done any act in relation to the obtaining or execution of the contract for the Government of Ghana, or for showing favour or disfavour to any person in relation to any other contract for the Government of Ghana.’ – President Kwame Nkrumah Speech to Launch the Seven-Year Development Plan, Wednesday 11th March, 1964, ref. Revolutionary Path, page 200.
Indeed, we have received several calls and messages of solidarity from various quarters within the Party, and of course, from many patriots nationwide. Therefore any threats against the leader of the Youth League, Ernesto Yeboah, will amount to a threat on all those who stand firmly by our decision to condemn and root out corruption out of our country. Such a threat will amount to threats to the entire Youth League of the Party, the UK and Ireland branch of our party, who have indicated in writing their solidarity with us, the General Secretary of the party, who supports our course of action, the many party members who support us and the teaming masses of Ghanaians who want corruption brought down on its knees.
Therefore those who think an ambush tactic of singling out the Youth leader will help them gag the fight against corruption should think again. Because the Youth League is united and we stand with the Commander-In-Chief. We shall not relent, for we are Fighters, for the people by the people.
In conclusion, we must restate a few things. First, the Commander-In-Chief of the Youth League did not speak on the Mahama Ford gift saga in his individual capacity; he did so as leader of the Youth and he spoke our mind. Second, the position of the League was based on the ideology of the Party, which is against corruption in all its forms and shapes. Third, the entire leadership of the League was involved in taking the decision to petition CHRAJ. Nkrumahism is against corruption, therefore CPP is against corruption.
We stand with the Commander-In-Chief.
Commander Jason Tutu, Communication/Students Command, 0245261363
Commander Hardi Yakubu, International Affairs/Secretary to the Youth League, 024 393 1165
Commander Ismail, Upper West 0249387960
Commander Merryland, Volta Region 0508048264
Commander Bassaw Hammond, Central Region 0202863219
Ag.Commander Isaac Annan, Western Region 0260710201
Commander Yirimambo, Gt. Accra 0267014055
Commander Tano, Brong Ahafo Region 0203859952
Commander Haffis, Northern Region 0206445315
Commander Asare, Eastern Region 0244562028
Commander Yussif, Upper East Region 0208536267
Commander Ezuah, Ashanti Region 024 719 8424
Commander John Osei, Finance/Administration, 0266692006
Commander Kate Nkansa, Enterprise Development, +233577500874
Ag. Commander Francis Ontoyin, Legal Affairs, +233244694422
Commander Ara Oforiwaa, Policy Advocacy, +233272868868
Commander Regina Amegah, Events and Planning, 0274116410