Alhaji Abdul Rahman newly elected Madina Constituency Chairman for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called for unity and reconciliation among party members, especially those who contested the just ended constituency elections to enable the party win the 2020 general elections.
According to him, the major problem in the constituency is factionalism therefore only unity and trust for one another could bring back the once united front of NDC in the constituency to take back the parliamentary seat in 2020.
He stated that factionalism arises when executives show support for candidates seeking for the position of a Parliamentary Candidate.
Alhaji Rahman made the call in an exclusive interview with the THE REPUBLIC after the swearing in of new constituency executives in Accra last Sunday.
He told the paper that campaigned on the need for unity and after his victory the onus lies on him to bring all those contested but lose together ensure unity devoid of factionalism in the constituency.
The new Chairman who is popularly known as “Survival”, said he would ensure that all executives remained neutral in the lead up to the constituency primaries to help stamp out the issue of factionalism within NDC in the Madina constituency.
Alhaji Rahman said, going into the party parliamentary primaries, he together with his executives would create a common platform for all aspirants to advertise themselves and sell their messages to the delegates.
He added that as part of measures to end divisions in the constituency, he involve both current and former executives to help propagate the achievement of the NDC over the years.
” My aim is to bring unity among NDC in Madina. With unity i am sure we can take our seat back. So every contestant in the just ended executives elections will be part of a committee that will be formed at the party office to share ideas which will move the constituency forward,” he said.
Mr Survival promised that, he would leverage his knowledge to steer the affairs of the party in the constituency by making his doors open for all to promote the welfare of members of the party and the constituency in general.
He urged party members in the constituency to do their best to help fight against factionalism which is the major cause of the party‘s defeat in the constituency in 2016 general elections.
In his view, President Nana Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has paid lip services to the good people of Ghana and that there would be the need for the NDC to intensify its effort to win power come 2020.
He said the Madina seat is a preserved for NDC and that Boniface Sadique Abubakar, was able to the seat due to disunity and factionalism.
The NDC Chairman said, after 18 months in power NPP has nothing to show for the people of Zongo communities, stating, ” the creation of the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry was just a brainwash and propaganda tactics to entice Zingo residents, but NDC is the only party that Zongo people at heart.”
He emphasised that the constituency has for the past 18 months seen no development after the NPP ascended to the reigns of the country and therefore urged members to let go their differences and pave way for consolidated grounds towards 2020 to win both Parliamentary and Presidential elections.
Alhaji Rahman, a businesses man and an active member of the NDC in Masina, was elected as the new chairman for the NDC in the constituency.
He polled 293 votes to beat four other challengers while Alhaji Foster also pulled 471 votes to beat other two to become the vice chairman.
The post of secretary went to Razak Hussein, an incumbent with 418 votes against other three contestants Seshie Eyram got 569 to beat his rival Anthony who pulled 435 for the position of deputy secretary..
Jacob Asufolim Ajadok was elected communication officer, Justice Tenge as his deputy and the organizer position went to Mr Anane.
Charles Mortey retained his post as youth organiser, while Farouk Sai also won the deputy youth organiser position.
Hajia Arie and Hajia Alima won the women’s organizer deputy positions respectively, while madam Sufaya won the treasure position .
In his acceptance speech, Alhaji Rahman thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in him and his team and assured members of the party that the new executives would work hard to reclaim the parliamentary seats the NDC lost to the NPP come 2020.
He also urged the rank and file of the party to close their ranks, put their petty squabbles aside and work for the common good of the party.
Source: the republic need online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba