Professor Joshua Alabi, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has expressed confidence that, the party will effectively dislodge the New Patriotic Party (NPP) from power in four years’ time and re-estabilsh its dominance in the nation’s political horizon.
According to the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, (UPSA), for the party to survive the baptism of fire in opposition is very eloquent testimony, judging from the resiliency of its grassroots structure, organisation and appeal to the majority of Ghanaians.
“NDC is a party firmly anchored to the grassroots, connected to the people in a unique way that recognises that power truly belongs to the people. We are rebounding back.
“We must realise that there is a champion in each and every one of us in the party, and that a collective leadership and partnership, resolved to do things right, is all that we need to build the strength to recapture power.”
“We cannot shy away from the fact that there are lessons to be learnt also. For with our defeat at the 2016 presidential election, the loss of many parliamentary seats that slide us into minority in parliament came the sobering,” he said.
Prof. Alabi, who is also a former Regional Minister of Greater Accra, stated this while speaking to The Republic at the party’s ‘Unity Walk; held in Accra by the Greater Accra Regional branch last Thursday September 21.
The “Unity Walk” was the first outdoor event of the regional branch of the party after it lost the presidential election to the NPP.
Prof. Alabi said there was no doubt that NDC is the most preferred party and that,” if we put machinery in place to re-engineer and re-focus the party, in keeping with the collective determination to consolidate our support base.”
The former university don said this was with a view to regaining power at the centre in 2020,“since it is obvious that the NPP lacks what it takes to effectively lead the nation.’.
Prof. Alabi said it was obvious that the NPP government is embarking on deceptive policies, stating that the hurried implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy without recourse to existing infrastructure is a path to big failure.
He argued that, very soon Ghanaians would come to terms with reality that the progressively free policy that the NDC propounded for the nation is the best, adding that the NDC started the free SHS but in more progressive manner to be able to absorb more gradually.
Prof. Alabi said, the NPP could not have implemented the so-called free SHS if the NDC has not put adequate infrastructure in place, stating, “it was time for Ghanaians to distinguish the two leading parties and judge which of them is capable of building the nation.”
He added that the NPP just came to consolidate what the NDC has started progressively, saying that, “when we come back, Ghanaians will witness better education policies.”
The “Unity Walk,” he said, has sent a signal that NDC is not dead and that with good strategies and mobilisation, the party will bounce back to power.
The NDC Presidential hopeful however cautioned against negative comments by members of the party, following the defeat at the last elections, and urged party members with genuine grievances to direct such through the appropriate channels within the party in line with the provisions of its constitution.
He further charged supporters and sympathisers of the party to remain united and continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the leadership until the party`s deserved victory was achieved.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba