Ms Christine Churcher, an aspirant for the position of National Women’s Organizer in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has observed that despite the fact that the NPP government achieved a lot for the nation, the party lost the 2008 elections because of its failure to package those achievements in a marketable way.
“The party lost the 2008 elections because its women activists were not equipped with the skills to market the party even with women at the forefront of its campaign struggle.”
Addressing Women Organizers of the party for the various constituencies in the Upper East Region at Bolgatanga on Tuesday, Ms Churcher argued that when it comes to the issue of marketing, women are the best.
She therefore urged the NPP delegates to the February 27, Conference in Kumasi to vote massively for her to become the National Women’s Organiser so as to equip the women with the necessary marketing skills to exploit and recapture power for the NPP.
According to Ms. Churcher, despite the fact that the NPP government achieved a lot for the nation, the party lost the 2008 elections because of its failure to package those achievements in a marketable way with women at the fore-front off its campaign struggle. .
The aspirant who was three times Member of Parliament (MP) for the Cape Coast Constituency expressed regrets that even the NPP government’s laudable policies of National Health Insurance, School Feeding Programme, Capitation Grant and National Youth Employment Programme failed to make the needed impact.
She said it was in the light of this that she was offering herself to be elected as the National Women’s Organiser to give the necessary marketing skills training to the women so as to help wrestle power for the party in 2012.
Ms Churcher who was also a former Minister of State in the previous government promised to organise skills training for the various regional and constituency women organizers in public speech, organisational speech and report writing to enhance their work as vanguard of women in the party.
She stated that the 2012, general elections is not going to be an easy task and therefore stressed the need for the party’s delegates to ensure that only those capable of contributing to the party’s victory in the impending elections were given the mandate to hold positions in the party.
Ms Churcher intimated that the post she was yearning for did not tantamount to a devotion on her part as is being perceived by some members of the party.
The women’s Organiser aspirant acknowledged the fact that she held important positions in the party and the country and that becoming the National Women’s Organiser would offer her the opportunity to use the rich experience gained to help NPP win the 2012 elections.
She therefore called on all well-meaning delegates of the party to vote massively for her so as to help the NPP to regain power.
“I am convinced I will win and lead women in the party to win back power for the NPP. I have succeeded before where men have fallen,” she stressed.
Ms. Tina Mensah, campaign manager for Ms. Churcher described the aspirant as an experienced politician who has the organisational capacity to lead the party to victory.
She alleged that NPP lost the Cape Coast constituency seat to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2008 elections because Ms. Churcher decided not to contest.
Ms. Mensah who was also a former National Women’ s Secretary of NPP advised the women not to allow anybody to deceive them but vote for people who will help the party to regain political power.
She warned against the creation of factions in the party, which she said would not augur well for the party’s struggle to win back power.
Ms. Aisha Salifu an NPP woman in the Diaspora also described Churcher as a role model who like the late Hawa Yakubu was fearless and hardworking and urged the women to vote massively for her.
According to Ms. Salifu, women in the party stood the chance of benefiting a lot from the party if Ms. Churcher was elected as the National Women’s Organiser.
Hajia Hawa Nichema, the Regional Women’s Organiser, in a welcome address, testified to the capabilities of Ms. Churcher and urged the women to vote massively for her.
She reiterated the need for the delegates to vote for people who will help the party to regain power and not those who will constitute a stumbling block in the party’s march to victory.