Mahama and ‘gang of 10” must be resisted – NDC group

The attempts by former president John Dramani Mahama and ten regional chairmen of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC ) to impose the former on the party as its flag bearer for the 2020 presidential election must be resisted.

This, according to a group of concerned members of the party, is the only way to bring sanity and discipline in the NDC as plans and activities are underway to heal and unite the party after its humiliating defeat to the NPP in the 2016 polls.

In a statement copied to the media, the aggrieved NDC members described the call by the ten regional chairmen on the former president to embark on a “thank you tour “ and also consider running for the flag-bearership of the party
again as a jaded political strategy that is dead on arrival.

“We wish to state unequivocally clear to John Dramani Mahama and the ten regional chairmen that, we are in a new NDC era. We are the party and we will not sit for a nineteenth century political strategy to be used in running a party
with 25 years old democratic credentials,” the group cautioned.

The concerned NDC members also described the conduct of the former president and the regional Chairmen “as not only unfortunate, but also backward, divisive, insensitive,disrespectful to the National Executive Committee, council of elders, the grassroots and the entire party as well as Ghanaians in general.”

“We shall welcome anything positive towards reorganisation and restructuring for victory. As it stands now, the party is in distress and we least expect the unnecessary tension, declaration of support and stomach-directed initiatives which does us no good but rather deepen our woes.”, the statement added.

As a remedial and punitive measure, the concerned NDC members are calling on the executive, council of elders and
leadership of the party to sanction the regional chairmen by asking them to step aside as the party’s reorganisation agenda takes shape because their continuous stay in office will further divide the party.

Attached is the full detail of the press statement:

Press Statement
November 14,2017

We, the concerned members of NDC, have read with dismay, meetings purported to have transpired between former
President John Dramani Mahama and ten regional chairmen of NDC.

Worthy of note are allegations of call for John Dramani Mahama to swiftly embark on a ‘Thank your tour’ to thank supporters of the NDC, for supporting him and the party over the years.

Additionally, the chairmen have also called on John Dramani Mahama to consider the request of teeming supporters of the NDC and Ghanaians to lead the party’s bid for 2020 general elections.

If this is true and be given any substance, then we consider this action of the revered former president and the regional chairmen as not only unfortunate, but also backward,divisive,insensitive,disrespectful to the National Executive Committee, council of elders, the grassroots and the entire party as well as Ghanaians in general.

The premature attempt to impose John Dramani Mahama, a failure on both party and governmental front, culminating into the historic defeat in the 2016 general elections, reflects indiscipline. This indiscipline must be strongly resisted to avert further cracks on the party.

It will be recalled, the party instituted a 13-man Kwesi Botchwey fact-finding committee, which was to ascertain the true cause of the 2016 electoral defeat, in aid of NDCs reorganisation. We want to know as concerned members of the party, where in the report the action of the ‘Mahama ten’ regional chairmen fall? The full implication of their actions vis-à-vis the much searched for unity we seek? Has NDC completed the implementation of the Kwesi
Botchwey report findings? And finally, are we done with branch registration and organisation?

For us, this is enough reason to believe that, John Dramani Mahama advertently worked against our chances of winning power through his actions and inactions as leader of the party and government.

By this singular decision to sit in such a meeting and watched for such document to be put out there in the public domain.

We wish to state unequivocally clear to John Dramani Mahama and the ten regional chairmen that, we are in a new NDC era. We are the party and we will not sit for a nineteenth century political strategy to be used in running a party with 25 years old democratic credentials.

We shall welcome anything positive towards reorganisation and restructuring for victory. As it stands now, the party is in distress and we least expect the unnecessary tension, declaration of support and stomach-directed initiatives which does us no good but rather deepen our woes.

To this end we call on the party chairman Kofi Portuphy, the general secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia and indeed,
the entire National Executive Committee and the council of elders to as a matter of urgency sanction the chairmen by asking them to stay aside to allow our reorganisation efforts to progress smoothly without any further divisions.

This we believe, will assure us of a credible NEC prepared to deal with such cancerous effort to hold on to ‘milk and honey’ by imposing John Mahama on the electorates.

LONG LIVE NDC
LONG GHANA
LONG LIVE THE CONCERNED MEMBERS

Signed :

Ransford Lartey
Spokesperson-Concerned NDC Members

Source: Ghananewsonline.com.gh

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