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MAHAMA ‘DOGGED BY CORRUPTION’ - NDC gurus rally behind Bagbin

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Some leading members of the opposition National Democratic Congress are cautioning the party against any temptation to return former President John Dramani Mahama as the presidential candidate for the 2020 general elections.

Some leading members of the opposition National Democratic Congress are cautioning the party against any temptation to return former President John Dramani Mahama as the presidential candidate for the 2020 general elections.

 

Mustapha Mohammed Tahiru Ayariga, NDC Vice Chairman in Asawase, and Alhaji Ibrahim Ali, alias Dan Baba, a leading party member, believe the 2020 campaign will be dominated by corruption, and therefore want the party to present a candidate who is “not dogged by corruption”, a clear suggestion that Mr Mahama is ‘dogged by corruption.’

“As the 2020 campaign will be dominated by corruption, NDC will do itself a lot of good if it presents a candidate not dogged by corruption,” Alhaji Ali was quoted by the GNA to have said.

In the view of the NDC gurus, the best person for the party in that regard is Alban Bagbin, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, whose fierce reputation as an incorruptible MP, according to them, is well known and can be attested to.

“When former Deputy Finance Minister, Moses Asaga, declared him as the best Parliamentarian ever, it was because of Bagbin’s incorruptibility,” Dan Baba added.

For hin part, Mustapha Mohammed Ayariga, NDC Vice Chairman for Asasase tacitly accused former President Mahama of neglecting party people after they had toiled to make him the president.

“When you campaign as a politician and become President and then turn round to say that the reward of those who campaigned for you should be withheld because if you give them that reward you are playing politics, then you are not being fair. Like Mr Bagbin said, you forget that it is politics that took you there in the first place,” he stressed.

Just like his colleague, Ayariga believes it is the incorruptibility of Mr Bagbin that would convince most of the party’s executives to trust in his campaign message, especially the promise to make party executives central to all policies he would formulate as party leader.

Again, Dan Baba dismissed the ‘prominence argument’ some people are making in favour of Mr Mahama, insisting that the track record of Mr Bagbin at the Ministry of Health was more than a good starting point for the NDC to use to project him as Flagbearer.

“For instance, it is a well-known fact that many of the Health infrastructure during President Mahama’s time are the brainchildren of Mr Bagbin. He initiated the upgrade of the Ridge Hospital into a fully-fledged regional hospital. It was under his tenure as Minister of Health that all the major hospitals, KorleBu, Komfo Anokye and Tamale Teaching Hospitals were equipped with ultra-modern equipment including; digital X rays, MRI, CT Scan, Ultra sound machines among other things, it was under his tenure that many nursing training schools in the country were established,” Dan Baba said.

He explained further why Mr Bagbin is the party’s best choice: “Recently, when Kumbungu MP, Ras Mubarak, married… and Mr Bagbin graced it, a mini rally developed suddenly forcing him to address it. It was at this mini rally that me (sic) and many executives were convinced that he deserves our push. His policy to reward the contribution of party executives is very welcome.”

According to Mr Ayariga, it was this conviction that compelled many executives to wear Bagbin’s T-shirts during former President Mahama’s recent Unity Walk in Kumasi.