The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Professor Joshua Alabi, has called on the national executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to open up the 2020 presidential nomination of the party to allow for competition.
According to him, such a move will help in the development of the party’s grassroots since aspirants in the presidential bid would be visiting all the various constituencies across the country to sell themselves to delegates of the party.
“Competition, I must say, will help grassroots development, because all of the candidates would go to the field to meet delegates, you talk about NDC, you will also talk about why they should vote for you. So in the process we are helping in the reorganization of the party’s grassroots. So for me the idea of completion is a good idea,” he said.
Speaking on an Accra-based radio station Kasapa Fm, Prof. Alabi said he does not share the view that since the NDC as a party will be campaigning on the achievements chalked by the Mahama administration, it would be prudent to allow former President John Dramani Mahama to go unopposed so as to lead the NDC to victory come 2020.
The former Greater Accra Regional Minister believes that the going into the 2020 elections the NDC should be campaigning strongly on the performance and successes of the NDC party, starting from former President Jerry John Rawlings’ era.
“NDC is a party and we lost the elections, NDC from previous government’s campaign on the performance of the NDC. President Akufo-Addo campaign of the performance of President Kufuor and that was the party. So anybody who wants to lead would have to campaign on the performance of the party, which started from former President Jerry John Rawlings time. The campaign to win 2020 will not be on the performance of President Mahama but that of the NDC as party,” he stressed.
Prof. Alabi’s comments come at a time when some groups affiliated to the NDC, including the Center for Progressive Governance (CenProG), are calling for an open contest for the 2020 presidential bid.
The groups trust 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 overreliance on John Mahama.
The former NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Krowor Constituency is among some leading members of the National Democratic Congress who have openly expressed interest in the 2020 presidential slot of the party and is preparing to officially launch a bid to contest the presidential primary of the National Democratic Congress.
He left the political limelight after losing his seat in 2001 and later veered into the world of academics, where he has carved a sterling niche for himself, at the helm of the transformation of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA). He is UPSA’s first Vice Chancellor, having served as Rector for many years.
Named African Vice Chancellor of the Year in 2013 by the All-Africa Students Union, Prof. Alabi was in 2016 awarded ‘Officer of the Order of the Volta’ by then President John Dramani Mahama.