The National Democratic Congress UK/ Ireland chapter has made a passionate appeal to ‘feuding factions’ in the party to “ceasefire” as the Kwesi Botwey committee investigate the cause of defeat in the 2016 elections.
“I want to urge all party members who are part of the problems to bury their differences, and join hands to ensure there is unity in NDC” Kofi Kwakye, chairman of the UK/Ireland chapter stated.
He added: “On behalf of the UK/Ireland chapter and on my own behalf as the chairman appealing to everyone to take a sober reflection, cease fire and rather go to Kwesi Botwey committee with any grievance and anything we have to say.
Mr. Kwakye stated in press release on Wednesday, March 29 that “NDC UK/ Ireland chapter understands that members of the great NDC family feels aggrieved, upset, angry and disappointed about the recent defeat of the 2016 general election. The scale and shocking manner of the defeat is what has prompted the national executive of the party to put in place the Kwesi Botwey committee to investigate and found out from members and all interested parties the causes and reasons why we lost the election the way we did”.
“The committee is still in place and working, so the expectation is that anybody with any grievance or have anything to say will made a submission to the committee through the agreed and laid down format. It is rather surprising that some members including senior members of the party has chosen to go down the route of the media to air their grievances. Going down this route is certainly not helpful and will rather compound and complicate matters”.
Few months after the 2016 elections, Vice Chairperson of the NDC, Anita Desoso blamed various campaign groups that were formed just before the 2016 general election for the party’s defeat.
According to her, while the party structures couldn’t perform to expectation as they lacked resources, the various campaign groups rather secured funding but failed to work to deliver victory for the party.
Members of Parliament representing Fanteakwa South Constituency in the Eastern Region, Hon. Kofi Okyere Agyekum, and that of Yunyoo in the Northern Region, Joseph Bipoba Naabu, have laid the blame on former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to Agyekum, former President Mahama is the best person to blame because the general performance of his government was bad.
Naabu Bipoba told journalists in parliament that former President Mahama would be a bad choice for the NDC.
“He was the president and contested with Nana Akufo-Addo and lost miserably so if President Mahama comes, what is he going to do? Is he the only person?” he asked.
Koku Anyidoho recently said in an explosive interview with GHOne TV that leadership in the NDC would have to rotate, indicating that the NDC might not front Mr. Mahama as its candidate in 2020.
Allotey Jacobs, the Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has says there are a lot of issues on his mind and that the party will collapse if he speaks out.
He said the defeat suffered by the NDC in the last election had infuriated the party’s supporters, many of whom, he said, are eager to vent their frustration about the defeat.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kwakye says what the party need is for its members to re-channel their energies and rally behind the party’s effort to regroup and reorganize.
“By all means let us talk, but let us do that within ourselves and to ourselves before we go out to talk to the nation as a party. We shall be back in power 2020”.