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General News of Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Source: kasapafmonline.com

Montie 3 remission made Ghanaians bitter – Teye Nyaunu

A former Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower Manya Krobo, Michael Teye Nyaunu, has offered one of the most blunt assessments of the National Democratic Congress'(NDC) failure to win the 2016 elections, arguing that President Mahama’s clash with the judiciary on the Montie 3 case made Ghanaians bitter about such decision, hence his defeat.

“I think the clash of the executive arm and the judiciary in respect of the Montie Three release [was a factor in our defeat]. The system with which we handled that issue offended the sensibility of a lot of Ghanaians,” he said on a political show, Inside Politics on Accra-based Class FM.

The position of Nyaunu comes barely days after the National Chairman of the party, Kofi Portuphy called for calm among the rank and file of the party following series of accusation and counter accusations over who caused the party’s big defeat in the 2016 general elections.

But reflecting on the big electoral defeat the NDC has suffered in many years, Mr Nyaunu further posited that lack of coordination of the campaign team remained a crucial factor that led to the incumbent’s defeat.

“…The party’s activities regarding the campaign was not coordinated very well, in fact it was not coordinated at all, because we have a national campaign team but I never knew when they even attended meetings, not even for once. When the various campaign teams moved for instance, the president’s campaign team, the vice president’s campaign team, the Chief of Staff’s team and on and on and on, not even one day did all these groups assemble to review their activities. We were just going on our ways like a pipe that is burst, flowing like that and not checking our back. I think that also didn’t augur well for us at all.”

The main opposition NPP Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo emerged winner and President-elect for the Republic of Ghana in the just ended polls weeks ago.

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.

The new NPP government will fully take over power from the NDC on January 7, 2017 when President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo is sworn into office.