Dr James Klutse Avedzi

Ketu North lawmaker and Chairman of Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC), Dr James Klutse Avedzi, has declared that the National Democratic Congress(NDC) would win the Presidential election in 2020 because Ghanaians yearn for the return of pro-people leadership.

According to him, the nationwide Unity Walk embarked by the party as part of reorganisation after the 2016 elections has put the NDC in a more pro-electorate position as many Ghanaians expressed their disappointment in the Akufo Addo administration.

Hon Avedzi who is also the Deputy Minority Leader in parliament made these declaration during an interview with THE REPUBLIC in parliament yesterday.

After the NDC’s painful loss in 2016 election, the party became dejected and the magnitude of the loss made party faithful lose hope about the party’s future. The blame game then started from all angles and the party seemed divided at a certain point.
Former Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu and current Deputy National Organiser, Joshua Akamba, took up a plan and started the Unity Walk to mobilise the grassroots by touring the regions with the unity walk.

As the result, the party faithful finally found a common ground to release their election defeat stress and to strategize.

The Unity Walk took place in all the regions, starting from Tamale, the Northern Regional capital.

The final one took place Aflao in the Ketu South constituency, a constituency considered to be the saved of the party in terms of national elections.

Commenting on the Unity Walk, Dr Avedzi said, it has helped to put NDC members together despite the challenges that face the party.

In his considered opinion, “the Unity Walk has brought confidence among our ranks and files. It has made the party front strong and solid. I think we are on track and we are heading to victory come 2020.”

He told the paper the NDC party is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to regain power in 2020 to save the country from disintegration.

The Ketu North lawmaker declared that though the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is plotting to subvert the will of the people with all indications, they would be resisted by Ghanaians at the polls, “We are going to win the Presidency in 2020, no matter what NPP plots”.

The people of Volta Region, he said have regretted for failing to turn out in their number at the 2016 general elections.

“If elections were held today, NPP will not get even 10% in any of the polling station in the Volta region,”he stated.

Beside complacency and apathy that greeted NDC in the previous elections, turn out in Volta region, the strong hold of the party was very low.

Many did not turn out with the notion that, the massive developmental infrastructure that the NDC government undertook between 2009 to 2016 was enough grounds to obtain a third term in office.

However, after giving out power to the NPP, the people have regretted their actions.

The economic hardship couple with naked corruption and insecurity that the Akufo Addo’s government brought upon Ghanaians is bane for their disappointment

NDC Unity Walk in V/R

The Deputy Minority Leader said when ever the Region failed to turn out, then the NDC lose elections.

But he is confident that if elections were held today, the people of Volta Region would vote massively for the NDC.

Politically, he cautioned the party not to turn it back on the region when the people endorse it at 2020.

The people of Volta Region, Avedzi said, needed assurance that  the party would pay heed to their needs and not neglect them upon getting the power.

Again, the Deputy Minority Leader applauded organisers of the Unity Walk and urged members of the party to remained resolute, work hard and support the leadership to prepare towards the 2020 general polls.

He noted that, even though NDC has the chance of returning to power in 2020, it might not be so easy if the leadership failed or refused to deal decisively with some of the pertinent issues within and called for dialogue among aggrieved parties as part of the reorganisation and rebranding.

Touching on the upcoming constituencies elections, the Deputy Minority Leader said, the party is focus and lauded youth for seeking active role positions in the party to serve at various levels.

The Youth, he said, have roles in ensuring NDC is return to power and that, the interest exhibited so far across the country to serve the party on various roles from branch to the constituency levels is commendable and laudable.

The NDC is organising constituencies elections nationwide, where many of the youth members exhibited high interest and vying for various positions from Chairman, Secretary, Organizer, Treasure, youth Organizers, Communication Officer, and Women’s Organizer posts.

Since the opening of nomination, the youth have shown interest and are massively rushed for forms to contest for the various positions, this time round including Zongo caucus coordinator to serve the party.

This, Dr Avedzi noted that, the clamouring for position in the party by the youth shows the daunting spirit and strength of NDC at the grassroots level.

He however advised that they should also have in mind that the position they are seeking for are voluntary public offices and they should not expect immediate benefits, but work for the attainment of political power for the party.
Sounding very optimistic of the NDC chance in 2020, Dr Avedzi said, if democratic principles are respected, the NPP government that is pretending to be working and seeking a second term after a woeful performance would have declined contesting elections.

He told the paper the ruling New Patriotic Party has failed woefully and Ghanaians were now yearning for the NDC to form the next government, nothing that, “the ongoing reorganisation and repositioning in the NDC is aimed at rebranding the party to meet the challenges ahead.”

Volta Region, the Ketu North MP said remained NDC stronghold and would remained forever, because through the party the region has experienced phenomenal development.

He however charged members of the NDC party to elect constituency leaders who would work towards the interest of the party in the Region.

Source: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

The Republic News Online

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