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NDC ANGRY WITH MAHAMA…For Dividing Party With ‘Unity Walk’

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There are strong indications in the National Democratic Congress that the Mahama-sponsored ‘Unity Walk’ has rather ended up igniting anger and tearing the opposition party apart, with key party figures, such as Ekow Spio Garbrah, Alban Bagbin, among others, who have their eyes on the presidential slot, boycotting the Walk. 

There are strong indications in the National Democratic Congress that the Mahama-sponsored ‘Unity Walk’ has rather ended up igniting anger and tearing the opposition party apart, with key party figures, such as Ekow Spio Garbrah, Alban Bagbin, among others, who have their eyes on the presidential slot, boycotting the Walk. 

Many in the NDC are now convinced the Unity Walk platform was sculpted for John Mahama to find political space to start his campaign for re-election as the flag bearer for the 2020 elections.

That John Mahama is the one picking the bills along the trail from Bole to Babator and Chorkor to Teshie has also been established.

In a reaction to claims by Ekow Spio Garbrah, a presidential aspirant hopeful, that the Walk is not a party activity, Kofi Adams, NDC national Organiser, and a ‘promoter’ of the Mahama agenda, said the fact that the event was not being financed by the party did not mean it was not a party activity.

Dr Spio Garbrah, like many others, believes the Unity Walk is not unifying the NDC, but rather creating more divisions, all because it serves as a platform to advance the parochial interest of former President Mahama.

 “Those walks are currently not being organized by the party as NDC, but the NDC people have taken part in it…I have been a national vice chairman of the party. If the party wants to undertake an exercise, we sit as a functioning executive committee, we sit as a national executive committee and say ‘we shall do the following’ and the party will fund it and the party will organize it,” Dr Spio Garbrah is reported to have complained.

According to Stephen Ashitey Adjei, an executive member of the Tema East branch of the party, “Every episode of the unity walks draws criticism from factions within the party. Former President John Mahama who leads these unity walks tends to enjoy the platform alone as he is usually the only one allowed to address these walks.”

Mr Ashitey Adjei is, therefore, calling on the leadership of the party to ban Unity Walks because “it is tearing the party apart more than uniting it.”

“Apart from Mahama, every other person who addresses party faithful is a devotee of Mahama, where is the unity in that?” he queried

The NDC executive is particularly worried that, in spite of all the unity walks, party Founder Jerry John Rawlings is alienated from the party, and has carried along other elders, leaving the party more divided than it was.

He added that even though the organizers of the walks claim they are seeking to unite the NDC, the walks are usually used by followers of former President Mahama to antagonise his perceived opponents in the party.

He cited an example: “During the Greater Accra version of the Unity Walk, for instance, we all witnessed how some devotees of former President Mahama used the platform to insult Prof. Joshua Alabi, one of the flag bearer aspirants.”

He added: “Following the recent unity walk held in Wa, it has been circulating on social media that Hon. Alban Bagbin has been disgraced by the massive turnout at the event, even though he himself was not around, because the Upper West is the backyard of Bagbin. There are even some Mahama fanatics who claimed that Hon. Bagbin had secretly gone on the ground and tried to get his supporters and people of the region to boycott the walk because it was being led by former President Mahama, all of which are lies that inflame passions and tear the party apart even more.”

Mr Ashitey Adjei believes the NDC must find a better way of promoting unity if the party is really sincere about uniting its ranks.

“For instance, it will be more profitable to organise unity talks and reconciliatory party assemblies where everybody will have the opportunity to speak up. The loss we suffered in 2016 is unprecedented and the causal factors still remain unresolved as many who were ignored by the Mahama regime still remain angry.”