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Politics of Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Source: classfmonline.com

Lack of coordination cause of NDC's defeat – Nyaunu

A former Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower Manya Krobo, Michael Teye Nyaunu, has attributed the loss of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections to the lack of coordination of the campaign team.

This revelation comes barely a week after National Coordinator of the NDC’s 2016 campaign, Kofi Adams, called on party supporters to stop the blame game and rather focus on rebuilding the party.

Speaking on Inside Politics with Moro Awudu, Mr Nyaunu disclosed that the campaign team was merely working without taking time to assess the progress of work done.

He also noted that President Mahama’s quick intervention in remitting the sentence of the jailed Montie Three did not go down well with most of the electorate.

“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 stated.

“Then 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 NDC lost the polls massively to the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). 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.