Politics of Sunday, 19 February 2017
The National Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sidii Abubakar Musah has finally broken his silence on his role in the 2016 campaigns of the party that culminated in its electoral defeat.
Mr. Sidii MUsah has come under a barrage of criticisms from the youth of the party for being ineffective and inefficient compared to his colleague Sammy Awuku of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who was a major force to reckon with.
The NDC stalwart claims he was starved of logistics and literally neglected because the youth wing was not factored into the national campaign structure hence his inability to function as expected by the youth who reposed confidence in him and made him their National Youth Organiser.
Even though he claimed he gave off his best, he adds that situations beyond his control impeded his plans to garner votes at the grassroots for the party saying party structure failure also played a major part.
“This is the first time a campaign team was set up and the National Youth Organizer was not part of it. I tried as much as possible to control and make sure that we channeled all programmes towards the youth but if you have been taken off maybe is a strategy failure,” Sidii told Accra-based Radio Gold.
He dismissed assertions that he was ineffective hence his neglect in the former President John Dramani Mahama 2016 Campaign Team.
He added that even though his hands were tied he initiated several programmes including one he labeled as “Special Operations” to canvas for votes for the then president John Dramani Mahama who was the NDC presidential candidate.
Siddi Abubakar stressed that he and his team could have done better if the party hierarchy added them to the NDC 2016 Campaign Team.
He appealed to all aggrieved supporters of the party to put the past behind them and work assiduously towards the next presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the year 2020.