An Associate Professor at the University of Ghana says the late start of the New Patriotic Party (NPP's) National Delegates Conference on Saturday shows a certain lack of leadership.
Prof. Ransford Gyampo who is head of European studies at the Political Science Department of the university said the governing NPP should have kept to the schedule on Saturday’s programme where new national executives of the party were elected.
He said the late start of the programme is a blemish on President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision to encourage punctuality at public events.
“The late start of the programme flawed the President’s vision of time management and punctuality at events,” he said.
Speaking to Joy News’ Kojo Yankson Monday, Prof Gyampo argued that the late start of the programme coupled with the fact that Mr Akufo-Addo was also late for the event shows a lack of leadership.
Prof Ransford Gyampo
“To the extent that they started late and the President arrived late shows a certain lack of leadership.”
He added that leaders must set the pace in order to inspire their followers to emulate.
“There’s leadership when you are able to inspire confidence and to influence people who would always want to give enthusiastic cooperation to help you succeed for target you set to achieve,” he stated.
Prof Gyampo explained that had the President arrived at the Conference grounds at 9:00 am; when the programme was scheduled to begin, the organisers and delegates would have been compelled to begin the programme.
“It didn’t show respect to the President’s vision of proper time management,” he reiterated.
His comments come in reaction to the NPP's Delegates Conference held in the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua on Saturday to elect new National Executives.
The Conference was scheduled to begin at 9:00 am but voting started after 4:00 pm dragging the programme into Sunday dawn.
Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay beat his closest contender, Stephen Ntim to become the substantive Chair and John Boadu repeated the same feat to become substantive General Secretary.