Politics of Monday, 22 October 2018
Some executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) failed to turn up for a meeting with Alban Bagbin, who is vying for the flagbearership position of the party in Koforidua, the Eastern regional capital over the weekend.
As part of his campaign, a meeting was scheduled between Mr. Bagbin and the regional executives to sell his message to them.
Interestingly, only few executives turned up for the meeting. They were, the Regional Organizer; Hackman Kabore and his Deputy, Kudjo Adukpo, Regional Youth Organizer Richard Nyarko, Deputy Treasure, Obibini Richard and the Deputy Regional Communications Officer, Ofoei Akorli
The Regional chairman, Joseph Amankwa, his vice chairman, secretary, Mark Oliver Kevor, Women’s Organizer, Naana Shirley Ampem Darko and others failed to show up.
According to reports, the said executives, who belong to the Mahama’s camp, decided to boycott the meeting.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli Kaleo, who was not happy with the turnout, urged the few executives at the venue to vote for him.
He was said to have snubbed anxious media personnel who had thronged the regional headquarters of the party in Koforidua.
Just after the meeting, he reportedly entered into his vehicle and drove away.
The Regional Organizer, Hackman Kabore told DAILY GUIDE that “we were informed on short notice about the meeting and that is why the turnout was very low.”
He said, “Bagbin does not have the capacity to lead the party and that is why the other regional executives didn’t meet him.”
Even before the National Democratic Congress (NDC) allowed aspirants to campaign, former Eastern Regional Youth Organizer of the party, Haruna Apau Wiredu, threatened not to allow any individual to create division in the party.
He vowed to prevent any flagbearer hopeful from creating disaffection for former President Mahama.
Mr. Bagbin stressed the need for the NDC not to endorse Mr. Mahama, who is also vying for the flagbearership position of the party.
According to him, NDC would be doomed if Mr. Mahama is selected to lead the party into 2020 general elections.
“Mr. Mahama led the NDC into a ditch as a driver when he was president of the country.”