Hassan Ayariga, the founder of the All People’s Congress (APC), has revealed plans to lead 12 small political parties in Ghana to form an alliance and establish a third force to challenge the traditional dominance of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the country's political landscape.
During an appearance on the Class Morning Show (CMS) on Class91.3FM, Ayariga mentioned that the Convention People's Party (CPP) and the People's National Convention (PNC) were the main parties causing delays in the process due to internal leadership disputes.
He said the goal of this alliance is to unite various smaller parties, including GUM, PNC, CPP, GCPP, LPG, and others, under a single umbrella to contest the 2024 elections with a unified approach.
He told show host Korku Lumor that “There are political parties that I’m trying to put all under one umbrella like GUM, PNC, CPP, GCPP, LPG all of them, I invited them for a meeting somewhere, an undisclosed location, I gave them the blue print, I gave them the constitution and I gave them the opportunity to look at it for us to build a third force so we can all come together and elect a flagbearer.”
Mr Ayariga outlined a plan for each party to elect a flagbearer and then bring these flagbearers together to form an alliance. The aim is to present a formidable challenge to the NPP and NDC in the upcoming polls.
“So out of all the 12 political parties we are going to elect one flagbearer and pick one as running mate. That is the plan we’ve been working on,” Ayariga stated.
He acknowledged challenges faced during this process, particularly with CPP and PNC due to internal leadership struggles.
Despite these hurdles, Mr Ayariga emphasised the commitment to forge ahead and eventually select one flagbearer and a running mate from the unified alliance to present a strong political force in the 2024 elections.
Talking about the challenges, Mr Ayariga disclosed “we had problems with the CPP and PNC because they are even struggling with their leadership so they delayed the alliance party to form the third force so we can have three parties - NPP, NDC and Alliance Force.”