Story By Abroni Thomas
First, I wish to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our party leaders and our party members at the national, regional and constituency level, as well as our supporters across Ghana and all over the world. I particularly commend our Central Committee, and our Youth and Women’s League. Today, we celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Convention People’s Party. Before a teeming crowd of some 60,000 people, 69 years ago today, here in Accra, Osagyefo, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah launched the Convention People’s Party (CPP). Those so gathered, on that fateful day, were expressive of the prevailing mood of the country and especially of the youth that Nkrumah should break away from the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) to form a party which will unite the country in a single voice to demand SELF-GOVERNMENT NOW through a non-violent programme of Positive Action. 61 years after Our Founder, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah led us into victory, an independent nation with the right to determine her own destiny, the challenge of living up to his vision and expectations remains ever so defiantly.
We contend with an assault on history and truth, a revisionist attempt to rewrite our history and rob our youth of the knowledge of the achievements of Nkrumah. But our detractors our misguided in as much as they are mischievous. Because the greatness of Nkrumah lies not in his history, in our history, but in our future. Because Nkrumah inspires us to build a party and a country to transform us from the nadir of hopelessness into the shining Black Star of Africa. Because Nkrumah compels us to unite together as Africans to transform our continent because our manifest destiny is inextricably linked together.
Yet our destiny is imperiled. We contend with an assault on our integrity and values as a nation. Comrades, throughout my travels, traversing the entire country, I have met with Ghanaians from all walks of life, especially those in the remote and rural areas, and I have been inspired. I have found in them, irrespective of religion, gender, creed, tribe or class, a resilient people with an unwavering belief and commitment to democracy, freedom, rule of law, peace, and unity in Mother Ghana. But I also find in them a people disappointed and disillusioned. A people tired of political rhetoric that isn’t matched with reality. A people disenchanted with the state of our nation. A people fed up with a healthcare system that causes a 70-year old man to lose his life because no hospital will give him a bed. A people angry at the international disgrace and shame that has befallen our great nation because of scandal upon scandal upon scandal of corruption, with no consequence. And God bless Anas who is a national hero and a beacon of hope for his courage in unveiling the evil depths of the cancerous corruption plaguing our society. A people tired of political robbery with no impunity. A people unsatisfied with free education but no jobs. A people unaccepting of the growing inequality, and the widening gap between the rich and the poor. A people frankly fed up with the two major political parties who have failed us spectacularly. Our people are losing confidence in our judiciary, in our leaders across the political spectrum, and in our political institutions. We find ourselves in an abyss, with no clear moral compass guiding us out of the labyrinth of graft and corruption.
At this fork road of despair and a yearn for hope, there has never been a greater validation of the ideals upon which the Convention People’s Party was founded, there has never been a greater moment in our history where the need for a third party, where the need for an alternative to the two party system of entrenched corruption and failed leadership, where the need for a restoration of our dignity, of our values, of our purpose, has shined so brilliantly hope illuminating the darkness of our despair.
We must lead by example and start with our party and all Nkrumaists nationwide. On this 69th anniversary of the founding of the party that liberated our country from the shackles of colonial subjugation, I call on all Nkrumaists to unite for a new challenge to liberate Ghana once again, this time not from foreign rule, but from the shackles of corruption and failed leadership. Our struggle is a collective effort. We must ensure that we guard ourselves and the party against threats of division, which seek to work against our desire and our destiny to deliver a new type of leadership to our beloved country. We must strive to place the supreme interest of the party over and above any individual or group interest. As leaders, we must always remember that we are servants of the party and servants of our nation. Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah the Founder of the Nation; once said, “if our revolution must succeed, then every man and woman of good intention must be given a role to play”. Thus, every member of the party has a duty to play in our efforts to rebuild our party and liberate our great nation.
Comrades, the Convention Peoples Party is undoubtedly the answer to the people’s cries for change. It’s a party tied to the people of Ghana and our aspiration for a better and more promising life. The CPP must continue to be the vanguard for the realization of the collective dreams of our people. It is our duty, as a party of national liberation, to rise up to this time, to this unique moment in our history to capture political power and restore Ghana’s greatness.
In the words of our Founder, Osagyefo, "Countrymen, the task ahead is great indeed, and heavy is the responsibility; and yet it is a noble and glorious challenge - a challenge which calls for the courage to dream, the courage to believe, the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve - to achieve the highest excellences and the fullest greatness of man [and woman]. Dare we ask for more in life?"
Comrades, Countrymen and women, there have never been a task greater than the salvation of the soul of our country and the restoration of our dignity. Let’s get to work!