Politics of Friday, 2 November 2018
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearership race seems to be getting stiffer by the day.
All contenders in the contest appear to be looking for avenues to woo delegates to their camp.
For former Minister of state and a flagbearer aspirant of the NDC, Dr. Ekow Spio-Gabrah, delegates must elect a Flagbearer who has the favour and support of the founder and leader of the party.
Addressing delegates from the Ho Central, Ho West and Adaklu Constituencies in the Volta Region, yesterday, he posited that, the obvious, but not the only reason the NDC enjoys the support of people of the Volta Region is because of the founder, Mr. Jerry John Rawlings—whose support he—Spio has enjoyed over the years.
According to Dr. Spio-Gabrah, party members within the region became aggrieved over the failed relationship between Mr. Rawlings and some leading members of the party in recent times— resulting in some sort of disaffection for the NDC in the region.
“Is it not true that many of you here vote for the NDC because of the founder? He queried.
Dr. Spio said, “I’m not saying that is the only reason but I believe it is one of the most important reasons why you have always voted for the NDC.”
He continued: “But I am sad today to say that some party stalwarts in recent times have disregarded Mr. Rawlings. In fact, the June 4th Anniversary, which forms the basis of this great party have not been attended by the former President, his Vice and some appointees over the years.”
The NDC, according to Dr. Spio would not enjoy the support of the region, if such the cold relationship between the party’s stalwarts and the founder persists.
He, therefore, urged delegates to pick him ahead of any other aspirant in order to win the 2020 general elections.
When elected flagbearer, Dr. Spio-Gabrah said he would ensure a rebranding of the party as well as the grooming of talents within the NDC.
He promised to undertake broad consultation with Branch and Constituency executives in matters of appointments when he becomes president in 2020.
Dr. Spio-Gabrah is touring the Volta Region to garner support for the keenly contested NDC flagbearership race.