It is an intriguing battle as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) holds its national congress to elect new members of its National Functional Executives NFC). Of all the positions up for grab, that of the national vice chairman has generated much attention as the calibre of aspirants contesting the position.
The build-up to the contest has been attention-grabbing, with the aspirants criss-crossing the length and breadth of the country, intimating party members as well as the generality of Ghanaians of their respective action plans if elected vice chairman of the nation’s main opposition party.
Besides the promises on how to rebuild the former ruling party, the aspirants have also been speaking on how they intend to reposition the NDC ahead of the 2020 general elections.
THE REPUBLIC, caught up with Alhaji Said Sinare, one of the Vice Chairmanship aspirant soon after his vetting at the party national Headquarters on Sunday morning.
He told the paper point blank, he has got what it takes to bring victory to the NDC party.
The former Ambassador to Egypt and long standing executive member of the party who is now vying for substantive Vice Chairman, said he is bringing on board the needed experience to rebuild and reposition the NDC for it to regain the presidency in the next general elections.
“It is a collective thing, but I know how to put things together. My mission is to rebuild, reposition and regain lost ground. Others can equally do this, I believe that I can do it better because I have been part of so many elections in the past.”
” So with my wealth of experience over the years, I am more than prepared and the best for the job because we are in a situation where we need experience and hard working vice chairman. We need someone with the experience and capacity to see the party through in the 2020 general elections.” he said.
In the view of the former Ambassador, NDC need to regain power to save Ghanaians from hardship imposed by the super incompetent New Patriotic Party (NPP) and so there is the need for someone who is loyal, humble and hardworking.
“I know that some people have experience, but I think that I have more experience than them, having worked for the party from the grassroots to the national level during when we were in power and in opposition, I think I have what it take to regain power for our party,” he stressed.
He stated that, beside the demands for unity within the party, the party also need people who can identify with the grassroots and he is someone who understand the down trodden better and expressed the believe that he has the skill to pull the party grassroots through.
When asked if the NDC has chance of regaining power in 2020, Alhaji Sinare said he is very optimistic the umbrella party would again power to lead Ghana after the 2020 elections.
According to him, it was obvious that the citizenry are disappointed in the Nana Akufo Addo led NPP government just within the 19 months they been into power.
“It is obvious the NPP would pay for the hardship they brought onto Ghanaians which is the opposite of what they promised. Petrol price has increased, the Cedi is falling to the dollar and more hardship everywhere you go. So I am confident that, come what may, the NPP will be kicked out from government and pave way for the NDC to salvage the electorates from the intolerable hardship.”
“For now, the only hope for Ghanaians is the NDC to come to power to save the people from this people (NPP). Ghanaians need NDC back and we will respond to them in 2020 when we come to power,” he said.
Alhaji Sinare said he is sure of wining to become first Vice Chairman and called on the NDC delegates to vote for him to bring on board his long standing experience in politics to the benefit of the grassroots in the party.
The delegates, he said should look at #2 on the ballot paper and cast their votes for him.
The rest of the Vice Chairmanship aspirants are former Northern Regional Chairman, Awudu Sofo Azorka, former Member of Parliament for Madina, Amadu Sorogho, former Minister for Health, Ms Sherry Ayittey, former Board Chairman for Energy Commission, Dr Kwame Ampofo and former Communication Director of NDC, Seth Ohene-Ofori.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba