Until women and youths are accorded their rightful places in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and allowed to take active part, then the ongoing efforts to reposition and revive the former governing party ahead of 2020 may remain a pipe dream.
The Greater Accra Regional Women’s wing of the party made this submission at the weekend, as they rallied women members to come out en masse to champion the rebuilding process.
Specifically, they urged women members in the region to actively involved in the reorganization and registration process from branch to constituency level, while continue to clamour for discipline and strict adherence to the party’s constitution.
The Regional Women’s Organizer, Mrs Felicia Mekpoi Bortey at a get together party held in Accra last Wednesday, said notwithstanding the defeat in 2016, the future of the NDC largely depends on the women.
She charged every constituency women leader in the region to take their own destiny in their hands and plan for the future of the NDC in their respective constituencies.
According to her, what happens to the party in the future depends largely on the women wing because they are resilient, more committed, more caring, more principled, more determined, more understanding, more patient, more loving and more futuristic in politics.
The Regional Women’s Organizer noted that the slim proportion of women who won at the last elections on the party ticket in the region undermines the contributions of women in the entire political process and charged fellow women in the party to work beyond limit.
Speaking on the theme,” Unity with Love for Reorganization, Mrs Bortey urged her colleague women to always remember that in politics, no one needs to turn the other cheek to an opponent for a second slap and that they must promote peace but fight for justice and stand united as well as more assertive in the party.
“Unity and love for one another must be availed in all constituencies so that we avoid a situation in which we create many other problems while trying to solve one. In words and actions, we must continuously assure and reassure ourselves that loyalty to the party does, indeed pay and is rewarded.”
“As women’s wing of our great party, we have been blazing the trail in so many endeavours that I believe it will be appropriate for us to be given more encouragement and provided with the platform to continue to excel for the benefit of all of us.”
“The young ladies in our constituencies too must be factored in whatever we are doing from now onward, because sooner rather than later they will find themselves taking over our affairs. It is therefore in our enlightened self-interest to ensure that they are prepared for the tasks ahead,” Mrs Bortey stated.
Mrs Bortey, however, charged NDC women to fight for internal democracy in order to build political institutions from the branches to the regional level and protect their membership
She further observed that despite the disastrous outing at the 2016 general election, the party is alive and kicking, adding, “NDC remains the party of today and of the future.”
The National Women’s Organizer, Hajia Joyce Zenab Mahama, Member of Parliament for Ada and Minority Second Deputy Whip, Comfort Doyon Ghansah Cudjoe, Hon Linda Ocloo, MP for Shai-Osuduku and Hon Della Sowah, MP for Kpando, took turns to address the Greater Accra regional women’s wing of NDC.
They respectively urged the women to take active part in politics and participate in every activity to reposition and rebrand the NDC party to reclaim its rightful place in 2020.
The get together party was part of activities undertaken by the regional women wing to rebranding to mobilise party women to start preparing to stand on their feet to be able to claim their rights ahead of general elections.
Also present were women leaders from other regions and constituencies as well as Queen mothers from Odododiodio, Weija-Gbawe, Osu and Nungua traditional areas.
Sources: www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba