General News of Thursday, 17 January 2013
By Iddrissu A. Jara
A senior member of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Alhaji Abdallah Ahmed-Abdallah a.k.a. Alhaji PMC has cautioned leading members of the party to discontinue the intense lobbying for various positions in the impending President Mahama’s administration.
In an exclusive interview with The Al-Hajj, Alhaji Abdallah Ahmed-Abdallah who is a former Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the NDC observed with disquiet the intense public lobbying and canvassing for various positions that have heralded President John Mahama’s nomination of able men and women to paddle the boat that will advance the governments’ Better Ghana Agenda.
According to him, instead of scheming to craft a befitting position in the yet to be named cabinet, the NDC operatives should rather channel their expertise to fruitful ventures by ensuring that the President succeeds in delivering on his campaign promises.
To him, President Mahama’s first list of ministerial nominations shows how he is upbeat about bridging the developmental gap between Ghana and the Western world, whiles ensuring that Ghanaians are relieved from the canker of economic deprivation under the Better Ghana Agenda ‘chapter two.’
The vociferous NDC guru remarked, “Should the over five million people who voted for the party in the just ended elections troop to the office of the President for positions, what will the President and the party do? Won’t that divert our attention on delivering on our manifesto promise?” He quizzed
The NDC chairman took a swipe at those complaining about President Mahama’s nomination of ministers, adding that same process was used by the late President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, which the grass root base of the NDC wholeheartedly embraced.
He advised Members of Parliament of the party who have attain the age of 60 and above to start grooming young men and women in their various constituencies to take over the leadership position of the party when they are due.
“There are some constituencies where some executives and MPs, instead of roping in these young ones, they rather suppress them; making it difficult for the intellectual young men and women to contribute their quota to the party at the grassroots level”, he added.
The NDC chairman, however, decried the practice of same old faces of the party always scheming for positions at the expense of others who are equally qualified and competent, insisting such practice is “unacceptable.”
Alhaji PMC called on the President not to use large chunk of old Ministers and senior members of the party, but rather, he should allow them to seat back and with their rich experience offer advise those in positions.
He therefore urged the party supporters to rally behind the president and his Ministers to deliver on the promises made to the people of Ghana.
The former NDC chair made a clarion call on some committed leading members of the party to form committees to work voluntarily in monitoring the activities and actions of government appointees.
He also advised supporters of NDC and Ghanaians in general to desist from the kind of tribal politics that is gaining ground in the country, since that can marred the country’s fledgling democracy.