A group calling itself the Coalition for Rejuvenation and Reorganization of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has explained that the party injected funds into parading entertainers, who do not know anything about winning elections at the expense of the grassroots based-working people in the party.
According to the group, the party starved its organizers and activists of resources needed to develop and deliver a meaningful political message and focused on parading entertainers to lead the 2016 campaign
The group made up of founding members, cadres, constituency executives, branch executives and activists said they do not need a fact –finding committee as set up by the party to explain why the NDC lost the December 7, polls.
‘We lost because hundreds of our members and supporters boycotted the polls in protest of the years of neglect by the leadership of the party as well as the arrogance of some people in leadership’.
The group made this statement at a press conference to offer some diagnosis that led to the party losing power to the then opposition New Patriotic Party.
Kuuku Amppiah , spokesperson of the group flanged by the following founding members of the party: Peter Asiedu, Albert Pinto, Fifi Commey and Yaw Asiedi said instead of policies and programmes , the party offered only spin to Ghanaians during the elections.
The party surrendered control to foreign economic interests and backward social forces that have always undermined the ordinary person’s aspirations he stressed.
Members and supporters were embarrassed by the abuse of office on the part of appointees of the government he noted .
He minces no words to say that the presidential and parliamentary candidates sidelined experienced hands in favour of inexperienced appointees, relatives and friends.
According to him, the creation of campaign teams outside the main party structures from national to the constituency levels contributed to the general apathy on the part of supporters.
He was quick to add that despite their disappointment with leadership members must avoid personality attacks at time the party is nursing its wounds.
‘We must shelve all premature and unproductive debate on the 2020 leadership and focus first on the systematic and organizational failings that have allowed leadership to perform so badly in the last election.
”We endorse the December 21, 2016 call by Peter Osei Asiedu, a Tema based founding father of the party for the establishment of a National Reorganization Committee to refocus the party on the needs of working people and the marginalized to rebuild the structures so it can deliver in the next elections’’
He suggested that the party should clearly define the ‘social democrats’ mantra and review the branches engagement with the base of the party.
We believe that the December 7, election results did not reflect any proper support for NPP and its agenda but people were just disappointed with the NDC’s delivery in government
Ghana needs a party that can stand up to the NPP and its inevitable attack on working people, women and the youth and NDC is the only party which can offer this traits.
He stressed if the party is reorganized properly it can lead the struggle to wrestle power from the NPP in 2020.