Former Deputy Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Joseph Yamin, has described calls for delegates of the National Democratic Congress to vote out the national executives of the party as very dangerous.
According to him, such a move has the tendency to create serious division within the rank and file of the party which will then bring about unrest and may result in ruining the fortunes of the largest opposition party in its bid to wrest power from the incumbent NPP government come they 2020.
Victor Smith, former ambassador to the United Kingdom (UK), has over the weekend called for an overhaul of the NDC’s executive structure, following the party’s defeat in the 2016 elections, stressing that everyone, including General Secretary, Johnson Nketia, Chairman, Kofi Poturphy and other national executives, must be kicked out at the party’s next congress in favor of new die-hard, selfless people.
“I am saying that the team we took to the last election, it’s their activities that led to the NDC defeat in my estimation, I have also kept my ears on the ground and so my suggestion is that in 2020 if we cause a change within the executives of the party it would help us. We need more dynamism, we need more fire and more commitment. I know the current team has all these qualities but nothing also stops me for asking for more,” he insisted.
But speaking to this paper during an interview, Mr. Yamin believes that although the call is necessary and was made with good intent, if care is not taken it could lead to the creation of factions within the party which will automatically lead to serious and diabolic power struggle within the party.
“When there is a clear orchestration to wipe out all the national executives of the party, then you are giving room for people to form camps. And when this happens, the losing camp will also like to pay you in your own coin. Because in the first place you have denigrated him and so instead for him to come on board to help you succeed he will rather pray that you too don’t succeed. So this is very dangerous step that we want to tread on if we want to say all those in the executive structure could not perform hence the move to wipe them away.” he said.
He maintained that such a decision should be left for the delegates of the party to decide since they all know which of the executives in their own estimation worked for the interest of the party during the electioneering year and those who did not.
“I am sure the some of the delegates are aware of who is performing and who is not. So I will not disagree with Victor Smith but I will also not accept his position that all the executives should be wiped away for a new blood to be brought in, there should be a mixture of it and that rest within the powers of the delegates. If the delegates decide to wipe away all the executives’ fine, if not I think the party will be able to move on to victory come 2020,” he contended.