The 2012 flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Dr Foster Abu Sakara has submitted his resignation letter to the party following an earlier announcement that he was going to contest as an independent candidate in the 2016 general elections.
In the letter dated January 4, 2016, Dr Sakara said his decision to resign from the party was due to the “culture of intolerance and indiscipline” within the party.
According to him, there seemed to be a “dynastic succession” within the party based on the ambition of an individual.
Dr Sakara also stated that although he had contributed immensely to rebuilding the party and for that matter making it an alternative choice to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), he was of the belief that working outside the party in the national interest would deliver greater results.
Below is Dr. Sakara’s official resignation letter
Comrade Chairman, Resignation of Dr. Michael Abu Sakara Foster from the Convention People’s Party I resign from the Convention People’s Party with effective from January 4, 2016.
My resignation is because I no longer believe that the Convention People’s Party abides by the values and principles that drew me to it. Consequently the party’s focus has shifted from a collective effort to build the party to the pursuit of positions for fulfilment of personal ambitions. Indifference to the collective good for the cause of the party is pervasive and has subsequently spawned a culture of intolerance and indiscipline that is rooted in reckless factionalism.
This trend has now reached its peak and I fear it has eroded all CPP’s institutions and systems that were built over the years. What is left is the semblance of a personality cult club built around the ambition of an individual. The sole purpose of this seems to begin a process of leadership by dynastic succession.
The fact that several leading members support this dynastic project is a testimony to the fact that we have lost our way and probably the spirit of our cause.
Together with others, I have spent the last eight years trying to rebuild the CPP as an alternative political force to the NDC and NPP. I committed resources beyond my means to achieve this as a lasting contribution to the memory of the great sacrifices that were made by the patriarchs and matriarchs that preceded my generation. Success would have been the greatest tribute we could have paid them. I cannot however see or fathom how the current state of the party can justify any further effort on my part. I have concluded that my aim to always work in the national interest will deliver greater results for my country outside of the CPP.
I remain grateful for the opportunity to have served with many committed comrades, I am especially grateful to the few of my generation and the majority of elders who stood with me in the 2012 election when I had the privilege of representing the party as its Presidential Candidate. Their widow’s mite will always remind me of the passion for our dear nation that they carry in their hearts.
I now go forward to pursue the same aspiration of raising our nation to its rightful place by another path. I wish the many loyal comrades I leave behind best wishes in your endeavour. Perhaps we shall meet again in another place at another time. May God bless you and may you enjoy his peace.
Dr. Michael Abu Sakara Foster