NDC does not learn from losers – Asiedu Nketia replies NPP

Johnson Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has debunked suggestions that his party is waiting for the New Patriotic Party to outdoor its manifesto to steal its ideas.

“NDC does not learn from losers, we set the pace for them to copy. So nobody should be comparing our timing and programming with anything to do with the NPP, because we have our own plans that we are following,” Asiedu Nketia popularly known as ‘General Mosquito’ said during the inauguration of the NDC’s Volta regional campaign task-force in Ho on Sunday.

Mr. Nketia added that the delay of their manifesto launch was strategic and to enable the party trumpet the achievements of its 2012 manifesto, before launching the 2016 version.

General Mosquito also used the opportunity to allay fears that, the campaign team will take over the duties of the functional executives stating that, “the campaign team will not take over the day-to-day running of the party.”

“Your chairman, secretary and organizer will still perform their functions at any campaign meeting. We only appointed a campaign coordinator as liaison between the regional and the national campaign teams. Campaign resources will be sent through the executives and not anyone person,” he assured.

According to him, the rank and file of the party have a crucial role to play in the lead up to the elections, and tasked functionaries of the party at the branch level, especially, to work tirelessly to secure a second term for President John Mahama on December 7.

“These campaign teams are not going to actually win the election for us, because no election is won in NDC headquarters. The elections are won at the branches [polling stations] and that is where you operate.

“So whether your names have been mentioned or not, you are the fighters, you are the campaign managers, you are the people who will win the elections for us,” General Mosquito told supporters at the event, which also saw the commissioning of the new NDC regional office complex.

Some 11 regional executives of the party who earlier threatened to boycott the inauguration over claims of being sidelined in the formation of the task-force, were, however, present at the inauguration following the resolution of their grievances at a crunch meeting prior to the event.

The 15-member campaign task-force is being led by a former MP for Ho Central and NDC’s Director of International Relations, Kofi Attoh.

Present at the inauguration were other national executives of the NDC, including the National Organizer, Kofi Adams, Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho, Vice Chairman and Director of Elections, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo among others.

The rest were the regional minister, Helen Ntoso, MPs and other government appointees including MMDCEs as well as Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome, NDC financier and a co-opted member of the Regional executive committee of NDC.

Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5/Lambert Atsivor

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