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General News of Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Confusion rocks NDC confab

Confusion erupted at a press conference organised by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at its headquarters in Accra last Monday when towards the end of the press conference, a well-built man, a supporter of the party, stormed the conference and nearly attacked the National Youth Organiser Mr Sidii Abubakar, and the Deputy Communications Officer, Mr Fred Agbenyo.

According to the angry man, he could not fathom why money given to the leaders for the 2016 campaign did not trickle down to the grass roots to intensify the party's efforts at winning more votes for the re-election of President John Mahama.

He said in his view, the leaders were to blame for President Mahama’s loss to the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the just-ended election.

It took the intervention of about four persons to whisk away the raging man and calm him down.

In another development, a former Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Joseph Yamin, has urged members of the NDC to desist from playing the blame game following the party’s defeat in the December 7 election.

According to him, the NDC would be doing itself a great disservice if it continued to publicly point accusing fingers at some members, as others may be forced to open the Pandora’s Box.

NDC loses elections

The NDC lost last Wednesday’s polls, both presidential and parliamentary, although the party was so confident of winning due to the infrastructural development carried out by President John Mahama in his first term of office.

Last Friday, December 9, 2016, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, declared the NPP’s presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, winner of the polls and President-elect of the Republic of Ghana.

The opposition leader polled 5,716, 026 votes to beat the incumbent President John Dramani Mahama who garnered 4,713,277 votes out of the 10,615,361 valid votes cast.

Painful defeat

The NDC’s painful defeat suffered at the hands of its bitterest political opponent has caused some disappointed members, including former Ejusi Juaben municipal chief executive, to mention names of certain key party and government officials whose actions and inactions they claim caused the NDC’s downfall.

However, speaking on Okay FM, Mr Joseph Yamin, who is a former Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC and currently the Deputy National Coordinator of NADMO, called for restraint among members as the party does an introspection.

“This is an eye opener for us as a political party, we need to re-organise ourselves as soon as possible. To me, I will advise Yamoah Ponkoh and others to stop dropping names of people they accuse of causing the NDC’s defeat. If we sit down in a room and have a discussion over the matter, there will be a lot for me to say. In an enclosed place, if we have to beat someone for causing this painful defeat that we have suffered, we will do so. But to wash our dirty linen in public, I think that we will not be doing ourselves any good.”