Former Presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention, Hassan Ayariga, has confirmed the formation of a new political party on whose ticket he intends to contest the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Posters of Dr Ayariga’s new party, All People’s Party [APC] and membership forms for interested people surfaced Sunday morning on social media. APC has a broom as its emblem with green, white and yellow as the colours
Confirming the formation of the party to TV3’s Komla Klutse Sunday morning, he declined to give details except to say that they are currently painting their 170 offices nationwide. He said he would soon come out with the details.
Dr Ayariga who was highly criticized for being in bed with the National Democratic Congress, broke away from the PNC in December 2015 after he was defeated. He claimed he was unfairly treated at the congress, which saw him lose to 70-year old Dr. Edward Mahama, who returned to the race after leading the party from 1996 to 2008.
“I am breaking away because the party does not deserve Hassan Ayariga. My name and face will be on the ballot boxes in 2016,” he told Radio Ghana in December 2015.
He had earlier in October threatened to quit the party if the then crop of executives were retained after the party’s national congress.
Dr. Ayariga accused the current executives of working for other parties other than the PNC, noting they had been propagating the agenda of other political parties at the least opportunity they get.
He claimed none of the executives supported his campaign in the 2012 presidential election, saying, “If there is no unity, there is no party. All these people sitting by me [reference to the executives], look at them, the fact is that they are not united.”
Dr Ayariga polled just 0.22% votes in the 2012 elections, which was a decline in the PNC’s performance in the previous election.