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Stephen Ntim to NPP aspirants: Engage in clean campaign

Stephen Ntim says as the day for the NPP national executive elections draws closer, there is a heightened tendency for opponents to churn out falsehood and unleash smear campaigns

Stephen Ntim, a candidate in the race for the national chairmanship of the New Patriotic Party, has admonished his competitors for the top job in the NPP to eschew casting insinuations, launching vitriolic attacks and fabricating damaging stories about one another.

In a brief interview with reporters who called on him at his campaign office in Accra, Ntim said that when elections are a few days away, it becomes the norm for opponents to churn out false rumours and smear campaigns.

He therefore asked his opponents and all other aspirants to executive positions in the party to desist from acts that would bring the name of the NPP into disrepute.

“It is always the norm that during competitions such as the ones we are having, in order to get the upper hand, aspirants go overboard to peddle falsehoods against opponents. We must desist from such acts.

“If we take one another to the cleaners, how do we build bridges after the elections? How do we remain united after the competition? We must stop lying against one another, and that’s what can bring unity after elections,” Ntim said.

Peddling lies

He urged the delegates to reject aspirants who peddle messages attacking opponents and lies about rivals.

“My appeal to the party’s delegates is that they should reject messages that seek to denigrate other aspirants or candidates.

They may come up with all manner of falsehoods against those who are likely to be crowned winners. Just disregard such people and their messages,” he said.

Stephen Ntim also used the opportunity to call on candidates to respect the guidelines for the elections.

Ntim, who is tipped to win the NPP chairmanship, is seen as a calm and respectful leader who is also fair but very firm. He is the most experienced of the aspirants looking to be elected as national chairman.

In what will be his fifth attempt to secure the position, Ntim is favoured to be crowned NPP national chair on Saturday 16 July 2022.

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