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JOHN MAHAMA DESERTED - Bagbin, Spio, Alabi, Sly Missing in ‘Unity Walk’

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In spite of John Mahama’s posturing in the name of an NDC ‘Unity Walk’, the Daily Statesman monitoring of the media and the political landscape reveal that the former President may be the only visible player in the so-called Unity Walk that has become a platform for re-engineering himself.

In spite of John Mahama’s posturing in the name of an NDC ‘Unity Walk’, the Daily Statesman monitoring of the media and the political landscape reveal that the former President may be the only visible player in the so-called Unity Walk that has become a platform for re-engineering himself.

 

The paper can reveal that Mr Mahama, bereft of support from seniors and credible faces and voices in the National Democratic Congress, is being compelled as a consequence, to sing his own song even if in so doing he has to slit his throat to make some impact.

To indicate the level of discomfort he suffers as a result of that disconnect, the former president has, all of a sudden, begun courting former President Jerry John Rawlings, by hypocritically urging party chiefs, communicators and executives to stop attacking the NDC Founder, after himself brewing that poison on succeeding the late President Evans Atta Mills.

Usually flanked by only a handful of the young men who he has trained to sing equally discordant notes on the political terrain, since he hijacked the Unity Walk with cash, John Mahama appears to hope that such a strategy is the only way out in easing the dilemma of having clearly been disconnected from the pillars of the party, including the rival Fante Confederacy and the Dzelukope Mafia strongholds.

In the last Unity Walk, at Wa in the Upper West region, during which he overshot himself in making frivolous reference to ‘Obinim Sticker’, he was alone with no more visible an NDC figure than maverick Asiedu Nketsia, aka General Mosquito.

Aspirants Alban Bagbin, who hails from the Upper West Region, Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Mensah, who has since been making some wonderful strides, according to our sources, and Spio Garbrah were all conspicuously absent from the rabble-rousing circus, in spite of hurriedly prepared information to Parliament and the constituencies in the three northern regions of an announcement to that effect.

From all indications, many key NDC figures believe the former President is causing more disunity in the party than the ‘Unity’ the Kwasi Botchwey report proposed for the party.

Alban Bagbin, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, also taken a swipe at the ex-president, accusing him of sponsoring a number of events, including the Unity Walk, to make a comeback.

Mr Bagbin in a recent media interview threw a challenge to Mr Mahma to openly declare his ambition to lead the party again than hiding behind calls by his followers.

 “I don’t understand what people mean that we are going to campaign on his [Mahama] record which includes the loss [but] when I look at both the loss and the gain the loss outweighs the gain,” he said.

Mr Bagbin accused the former President of sponsoring the walks to whip up support ahead of the NDC presidential primaries.

“I will not be surprised if he comes out clear that he is running…you don’t let people push you to lead them, you take the decision on the basis of your capacity,” he criticized the ex-president.

Some NDC MPs close to the Daily Statesman reveal that, while some unity is important in galvanizing the party into action, the apparent hijack by John Mahama to have his voice above board may push other aspirants into lethargy, particularly with the Founder of the party himself disconnected from the daily operational activities of the party.

“While we make preparations to conduct our congresses, any rallies or political gatherings should be fair and not tailored to give one aspirant a political advantage, particularly, while the party technically has no political head till we pick one,” one NDC MP told the Daily Statesman.