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BAGBIN, ALABI LEAD NDC RACE …Goosie, Spio, Sly Dark Horses

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Intelligence reports reaching the Daily Statesman indicate that, leading the pack in the race for the National Democratic Congress flag bearer position, ahead of the oncoming national delegates’ congress that would elect a flag bearer, are two decent politicians – Alban Sumani Bagbin, MP for Nadowli North, and Joshua Alabi, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Legon, former MP for Krowor (Nungua) and also former Regional Minister in the last Jerry John Rawlings administration.

Intelligence reports reaching the Daily Statesman indicate that, leading the pack in the race for the National Democratic Congress flag bearer position, ahead of the oncoming national delegates’ congress that would elect a flag bearer, are two decent politicians – Alban Sumani Bagbin, MP for Nadowli North, and Joshua Alabi, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Legon, former MP for Krowor (Nungua) and also former Regional Minister in the last Jerry John Rawlings administration.

 

This is in spite of the fact that Spio is the most ensconced on the grounds in terms of foot soldier presence, apart from John Mahama.

Dark horses in the race, according to their political weight in the permutations, are Goosie Tanoh, NDC cadre extraordinaire and former leader of the erstwhile National Reform Party, and Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former Minister for Trade and Industry.

The last name on the list is Sylvester Mensah, former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority and almost running mate to exited President John Dramani Mahama.

Discreet NDC sources in the party, including business people of distinction, told the Daily Statesman that the permutations reflect not only the thinking of former President Jerry John Rawlings, but also the aspirations of the larger corps of NDC cadres in the country.

Cadre sources, including ‘tough guys’ in indigenous Accra communities in La, Teshie, Nungua (swing constituencies) “who drag old men, women and youth from their homes to come out and vote in their numbers,” have affirmed the ongoing quiet campaign, saying that change is necessary in giving the party “hope for the 2020 elections.”

One aide of just-deceased former NDC Chairman for the Dadekotopon (La) constituency, Magnus Anyetei, was damming in his assessment of the campaign of the last NDC administration, saying “all those young guys who came in with John Mahama accreditation only ended up making money, and now are nowhere to be found.”

Whilst Jerry John Rawlings has not as yet publicly offered support to any of the candidates, overtly or covertly, the NDC pillar has not hidden his disdain about the way the NDC conducted itself in power, particularly with regards to the issues of probity and accountability on which the party had been nurtured and sustained since 1992.

 “He is angry, particularly, with Mahama, for breeding virulent babies, who had little respect for anyone, including the former President and Founder of the party, Jerry Rawlings,” one GaDangme retired teacher told the Daily Statesman by phone.

According to our very reliable sources, some of whom said they would be ready to defect if John Mahama was returned as flag bearer, “the former NDC leader and President had all the chance to prove Jerry John Rawlings wrong in terms of transparent leadership and integrity.”

One of them recalled that, prior to his nomination as running mate by the late John Evans Atta Mills, Founder Jerry Rawlings wanted anybody but John Mahama. The Chairman of the party then, wise old Harry Sawyer, was also on record as having asked John Mills if he knew John Mahama well enough to trust him with that onerous responsibility.

Mills answered by saying he wanted a mate cast in his (Mills’) mould and that, in his view, John Mahama would be as gentle as he was.

“Officially,” he lamented, both Harry Sawyer and Founder Rawlings were excluded from the congress that announced John Mahama as running mate to Prof Mills, “with the meeting barely a mile away from Harry’s  residence at Labone and a mile and half away from the Rawlingses at Ridge.”

“The NDC and its leadership have nothing against the two, Alban and Alabi; nor with Sly and Spio except that they want a change that is solid in returning the party to sanity,” one MP, who feared “the change might be so sweeping it might affect even some of us MPs”, confided in the Daily Statesman.