Hon Muhammad Bawah Braimah
Member of Parliament for Ejura-Sekyeredumase, Hon Muhammad Bawah Braimah, has declared that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would become solid after the successful conclusion of its Regional and National executives elections this year.
According to him, with the level of enthusiasm by the youthful members at the recent branch and constituency elections, the party has what it take to sink the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the next general elections in 2020.
Mr Bawah made the declaration during an interview with THE REPUBLIC in parliament, Accra last Friday.
He told the paper, an elected national functional executive committee would set in motion the preparation for the 2020 general elections.
Mr Bawah explained that since the year 2000, the NDC has never witness the level of enthusiasm of its grassroots participation in the manner like the recent branch and constituencies elections, adding that, “God willing, we will go through the regional and national conference and the party will become solid.”
“The enthusiasm and the clamouring for position shows that NDC is strong and solid on the ground. This is sending fear and jitters down the spines of the NPP, because they know that we will take over power from them in 2020,” Mr Bawah said.
He added that the show of interest by youth of the party was a welcome development and a demonstration of the fact that NDC is the toasting party for Ghanaians and underscored the need of party leaders to imbibe into the youth, the ideals and values of the party.
Soundingvery optimistic, the Ejura-Sekyeredumase lawmaker noted that, all what the NDC needed now is to produce regional and national executives with strength of character to mobilise the party grassroots base for 2020.
“After the branches and the constituencies election, we are electing the regional and the national officials of the party that will lead the party to the 2020 elections. I am very hopeful that by December, we would have elected our national leaders. They will then leads us in choosing our Flag-bearer into the general elections,” he stated.
Mr Bawah stressed that, the marathon restructuring and reorganisation embarked on at all levels is aimed at ensuring they not only provide a virile opposition, but also actualise their plans to give the NPP government a run for its money.
He further pointed out that only NDC could rescue Ghana from the poor governance the country is undergoing, but as part of the reorganisation must elect leaders that has strength of character to wrestle NPP and pin them to the ground.
The Minority MP who is a member of the Defence and Interior committee of parliament said, today Ghanaians are crying, weeping and dying and they believe that the only party that could save them from malady hunger and psychology trauma of bad governance is NDC.
He also took a swipe at the Akufo Addo’s government for removing the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei and her two deputies from office, describing it as “very bad and dangerous precedent.
The firing of Charlotte Osei and her deputies traces back to a 27-point petition filed by some workers of the Electoral Commission who cited instances of the abuse of power, mismanagement of public funds and causing of financial loss to the state as probable reasons for their dismissal.
The faceless petitioners claimed Madam Osei fiercely abused the powers of her office in the awarding of “fraudulent” contracts to some companies including the Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) and IT Firm, Dream Oval which she paid $76,000 to.
But Mr Bawah said, the NDC and Ghanaians who loves democracy would not allow the attempt to rig elections in the future through the removal of EC boss.
Mr Bawah also accused the governing New Patriotic Party for attempting to clone the National Identification Card, currently being issued by the National Identification Authority (NIA),emphasising that, Article 42 of the 1992 constitution is supreme to any Act that the NIA cloud upon to exclude voters ID Card as proof of citizenship.
He blasted the government of embarking on the process with a deliberate and ill motivated plans to deny citizens for the registration of the national card, stating” the voter ID card is more credible than that of the passport and birth certificate.”
Mr Bawah mocked the anti-corruption campaign of the NPP-led government even as it called for what he described persecution of perceived enemies of the Akufo Addo government. He said the Jubilee House has become the headquarters of corruption.
He said the NDC would strengthen democracy and play its role as opposition party, by engaging in constructive criticism of policies and programmes of the NPP with a view to offering the electorate alternative and consolidating the party beyond taking over power in 2020.
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Source: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba