Ahead of an official post-mortem by the 13-member committee tasked by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to gather information on why the party lost the 2016 elections, The Republic has heard that there is already consensus on one small matter.
A source says that a consensual sentiment among the membership of the committee, led by former Finance Minister, Kwesi Botchwey, is that the NDC would do itself a lot of good if it trims down the number of its vice chairmen.
From the current six vice chairmen, the Botchwey committee is said to be of the view that having just three would be good enough, going forward.
This consensus remains a sentiment as the committee continues an ongoing ask-about to gather the outlook of the party’s rank and file on why the NDC lost so massively in the December polls.
However, sources say that the consensus will eventually be added to the committee’s official recommendations at the end of its work.
The NDC lost massively at the polls in 2016, with former President John Dramani Mahama, who was flagbearer of the party, going down by almost a million votes against the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
NDC also lost the Parliamentary elections, ceding a Parliamentary majority that it had been holding under the President Mahama, along with the Presidency itself to the NPP.
The loss to Akufo-Addo by President John Mahama, which is unprecedented of any sitting President, shocked the NDC to the marrow.
It also brought the party to the grand epiphany that its leadership was out of touch with its grassroots, as the loss seemed to have occurred because most supporters of the NDC had refused to vote.
In the aftermath of the loss, it also became clear that foot soldiers and lower level executives of the party who had previously worked hard to move the party from opposition into power and sustained it through one election, had this time round not worked for the victory of the party.
Even before the Kwesi Botchwey committee will complete its work; it is no secret that many party members felt disillusioned by the time of the 2016 elections because the Presidency of John Mahama had alienated itself from the people, while the leadership of the NDC acted complacent.
All these however remain speculations as the Kwesi Botchwey committee is waited upon to flesh out the issues.
The committee, recently, requested for time extension to enable it to do proper post mortem; however, so far, some of the hearings of the committee which is travelling around the country have been marked with violent reactions, with an upheaval in Lower Manya Krobo making news headlines.
Even so, it is hoped that the committee will at the end of its work, gather the vital information that will help in a post-mortem of the party’s defeat at the polls, and informed the way forward for the party.
The membership of the committee is made up of Chairman, Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho (former Speaker of Parliament), Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, Naval Capt. Asase Gyimah and Mr. William Ahadzi (Director of Research at the NDC headquarters).
Others are, Ibrahim Zuberu, (Lecturer at Accra Technical University and member of NDC), Razak Abu (Researcher at NDC’s Development Challenge), Juliana Azumah Mensah (Former MP for Agotime-Ziope) and Barbarah Serwah Asamoah.
Four members from NDC parliamentary caucus, including the Minority Leader, complete the membership of the committee of 13.
The committee was formed by the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee, and approved by its Council of Elders.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels