The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has cautioned members against washing the party’s dirty linen in the open after the embarrassing defeat in the 2016 elections.
A brief statement issued by the Committee tasked to investigate reasons for the abysmal performance of the NDC in 2016 expressed reservation about the growing trend which is exposing the party to ridicule and further deepening cracks and called all those involved to order.
Over the past few days, the sharp division within the party has become subject for public discourse after some disgruntled leading members including the immediate past National chairman of the party, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, and former National Organizers, Yaw Boateng Gyan and Samuel Ofosu Ampofo joined those blaming the painful defeat on former President Mahama’s decision to rely on young confidants around him at the expense oftapping the experience of elders and foot soldiers of the party.
“His [Mahama] handlers misled him. They were inexperienced. I will say this anywhere without fear or favour. We are all to blame,” Dr. Adjei told Bola Ray on Starr Chat, Wednesday.
According to him, the younger handlers of Mahama as he put it, prevented the older ones with “a wealth of experience” from getting closer to the President hence his miserable defeat.
A former national organizer of the NDC Yaw Boateng Gyan also said the poor performance was because some of the appointees were simply “arrogant and disrespected the electorate.”
Speculations are rife that the public attacks on former President Mahama by some leading members of the party is a signal of worsening crisis within the party and an attempt by one of the factions to prevent John Mahama from contesting the 2020 elections on the ticket of the party.
However some including National Organizer, Kofi Adams who was also the campaign manager of the former President in 2016 says it will be easier for the now opposition NDC market John Mahama to win an election in 2020 that other Presidential hopefuls.
Chairman of the NDC Election Review Committee, Professor Kwesi Botchwey who signed the statement expressed “regret that a number of party functionaries and leading party members have lately taken to the media houses to air their views on party members.”
“The Committee would like to urge all party members to resist the temptation to engage in recriminations and finger pointing, so as not to undermine the integrity of the Committee’s final report and recommendations, or sour the atmosphere for the conduct of the Committee’s work,” the chairman of the committee Prof. Kwesi Botchwey added.
He added: “The Committee’s doors are open and we urge all party members who have issues to raise or concerns to express to direct them to the Committee to help the search for solutions to the challenge confronting the party.”