…Says they have no business leading the party
Center for Progressive Governance (CenProG), an NDC affiliated group, has added their voice to calls from key personalities within the party to allow for a fresh crop of leaders to assume the party’s leadership positions to enable it to win elections come 2020.
CenProG has warned that that if the National Democratic Congress wants to return to power again in 2020, then there is the need to bring on board very committed and competent hands to steer the affairs of the party to victory.
According to the group, wholesale changes of executives may be required in certain constituencies, but urged the party to strike the right balance between new and experienced faces.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by the Executive Director, Mallam Yahya Mohammed and Executive Secretary Sawadogo Mahmoud and copied to this paper, noted that most of the NDC’s executives from Constituency to National have no business leading the party, following attempts without success to absolve themselves of blame for the NDC’s electoral defeat.
“CenProG rejects the claims of neglect being used as a defense for their inefficiency by some executives of the NDC. The party gave birth to the government, so it is a clear admission of failure if an executive’s defense for his/her inefficiency is the neglect by government. How then is this executive going to be of help to the NDC in opposition?” The group argued
These recommendations, according to the group, come as a result of recent happenings within the rank and file of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), following their loss in the 2016 general elections.
On the issue about the candidature of former President Mahama for the NDC 2020 presidential slot, the group said it agrees with a section of the NDC supporters that former President John Mahama represents their best chance in the 2020 elections, but disagrees strongly with the suggestion that no one should contest him in the party’s presidential primaries.
The group contended that a healthy internal contest will be a win-win situation for the NDC because it will dispel the notion being pushed by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the NDC is short of Presidential material hence their over reliance on John Mahama.
“The decision to contest the party’s primaries should solely be left to President John Mahama to take. No persons or group of persons should force such a decision on the former President, for the consequences will be dire in whichever case. The NDC should try to conduct a healthy primary and not be too worried about who or who doesn’t emerge as flagbearer,” it added.
Considering the NDC chances in 2020 with the founder of the party, although former President Rawlings continues to enjoy a lot of support from members of the NDC, the group is of stronger view that the NDC can win elections with or without Rawlings if only President Rawlings is not all over the place trying to run down his own party.
They urged the party to amend its constitution to allow for National Council members to elect a chairman with a defined tenure rather than the founder being the lifelong chairman.
The statement then called on the party to commit resources to the establishment of their proposed party school so as to impart socialism into its members to ensure that the party demonstrates socialism by deeds.
“CenProG admonishes the NDC to make good use of their large pool of professionals in various fields to make it attractive to graduates/students. This can be done by encouraging such professionals to take up leading roles in the party going forward. The NDC must be committed to accommodating the views of some religious leaders and rather not fire salvos in return. They can gradually work overtly and covertly to win the sympathy of these people especially in opposition. The same approach should be adopted in dealing with civil society groups and the media,” they noted.