Dennis Peprah, GNA
Sunyani, Sept. 13, GNA – The Brong-Ahafo
Regional Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) under former President
John Dramani Mahama government have urged decent and clean campaigns by
candidates for the Party’s impending national elections.
Candidates contesting for any of the national
leadership positions must guard against tendencies that could affect the
prevailing peace and unity in the Party, they appealed.
According to the 29 MDCEs in the region,
campaigns of personality attacks, character assassinations and resentment could
easily create feuding factions that would narrow the fortunes of the NDC in
Election 2020, hence the need for the candidates to base their campaigns on
issues devoid of rancour.
At a news conference on Wednesday in Sunyani,
the former Chief Executives registered their unhappiness about what they
described as unhealthy behaviour of some perceived NDC supporters who were
blaming Mr Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, the Party’s General Secretary for the
Election 2016 defeat.
Gordon Asubonteng, the former Dormaa Central Municipal Chief Executive and
spokesman for the MDCEs said several internal and external factors contributed
to the defeat of the Party and instead of blaming each other, there was the
need for the Party to forge ahead in unity, identify such challenges and
address them for victory 2020.
Flanked by other colleagues and leading
members of the Party in the region, Mr. Asubonteng said as the longest serving
General Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Asiedu-Nketiah’s contributions towards the
growth and development of the NDC was exceptional.
“If we don’t have anything good to offer our
loyal and committed General Secretary, then we must keep quiet and not dent his
political image and achievements in the NDC and the country as a whole.
“Mr. Asiedu-Nketiah remains as a strong pillar
and unforgettable asset in our strong Party under the great umbrella and
because of his political experience and expediency, some of us believe that he
could easily lead the Party to victory in the 2020 general election”, he added
That notwithstanding, he said the NDC strongly
believed and cherished internal democracy, thus the need for the Party to open
up the contest to pave the way for all good standing members to file and
contest the impending national elections.
“Our chances in Election 2020 are extremely
brighter and therefore we must endeavour to avoid all tendencies that have the
potential to cause our downfall”, Mr. Asubonteng stated.