Thrice defeated flagbearer hopeful of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Bright Akwettey has revealed that he lost in his bid to lead the party into the 2016 general elections because he failed to conduct extensive campaigns.
According to him, he resigned himself to work as a lawyer in Accra to the detriment of campaigning to emerge as the party’s flagbearer when some of his competitors were out in the various constituencies embarking on vigorous campaigns.
The Accra-based legal practitioner obtained that least votes among four other candidates who contested for the flagbearer slot of the CPP at its National Delegates Congress in Accra at the weekend.
While Ivor Greenstreet obtained a massive 1,288 votes of the 1,992 valid votes to beat her former chairperson, Samia Nkrumah who came a distant second with 579 votes with Joseph Agyapong bagging 83, Mr. Bright Akwetey was consoled with 42 votes.
Speaking on the Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Prince Minkah however, Mr. Akwetey said he was not surprised with the outcome of the results.
“I did not campaign outside Accra. I should have gone round the country like the others who started campaigning since October last year”, he said.
According to him, he was busy in various courts fighting for his clients including the party and only met 22 constituencies from the Greater Accra Region on the eve of the elections which resulted in his abysmal performance.
“The delegates accused me of not coming round because they know what they expect when I come round but I did not go. At least when you go round you will shake their hands”, he disclosed
He assured that he will not be deterred by the defeat and will work hard with the Central Electoral Committee of the party to change the system
He disclosed that the country’s two major political parties [NPP and NDC) had plunged the country’s electoral system into corruption underscoring the need for the CPP to work together in reversing the trend.