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NDC WAS DIVIDED IN 2016: MAHAMA FINALLY CONFESSES

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has finally admitted that all was not well with the National Democratic Congress in the run-up to the 2016 elections, especially in terms of party unity and cohesion.

Former President John Dramani Mahama has finally admitted that all was not well with the National Democratic Congress in the run-up to the 2016 elections, especially in terms of party unity and cohesion.

 

He had consistently created the impression that his ‘good leadership’ had brought about unprecedented unity in the NDC. But now he says the NDC lost the 2016 elections because “we were not united.”

The admission substantially confirms the official post-2016 NDC Election Report put together by Kwesi Botchwey that highlighted series of blunders perpetrated by senior party apparatchiks and managers of campaign funds, particularly in the Volta and Ashanti Regions.

Apart from the fact that there were diversions of campaign resources that played to the disadvantage of the NDC in the run-up to the 2016 elections, there are new issues cropping up as contributory factors to the party’s defeat.

36 hot seats

Mr Mahama has revealed that internal bickering, disunity and power struggle cost the NDC as many as 36 parliamentary seats in the 2016 elections.

“Like I said a few things went wrong. We were not united. Savelugu is one of them; there was no way we should have lost the Savelugu seat but it is just because we were not united. We had seen at least 36 of such constituencies where we could easily have won but we lost because we were not united,” he finally confessed in a meeting with party delegates in the Northern Region.

He claimed the factions that existed prior to the 2016 elections had started working together in the interest of party unity and cohesion ahead of the 2020 polls which is barely two years away.

“I know that this time you have started working together to patch the differences. I have started receiving reports about what our new regional executives, some of our MPs are all doing to help us come together so we win Savelugu back from the NPP,” he said.

Mr Mahama said the NDC must do everything possible to win back the seat from the NPP in the next election. “We can only do that if we are united,” he said, cautioning against campaign of insults.

13 in the ring

At the last count, 13 aspirants had offered themselves up to delegates’ for their scrutiny in accessing the flag bearer slot of the leading opposition party. Leading the pack are Alban Bagbin, MP for Nadowli-Kaleo; Prof Joshua Alabi, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies and Sylvester Mensah, former CEO, National Health Insurance Authority.

The rest are former Trade and Industry Minister, Ekwow Spio Garbrah and agricultural economist and local business legend Goosie Tanoh. Also contending for the coveted position are Kojo Bonsu, for Mayor of Kumasi, longest serving former Finance Minister Kwesi Botchwey and John Mahama.