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General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Source: classfmonline.com

NDC will flop in 2020 polls - Group

The performance of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections will be more abysmal than what transpired in the 2016 polls, if the critical issues affecting the party are not addressed immediately, Kwadwo Hamenya Keglo, spokesperson of the Action Movement, a pro-NDC group, has said.

According to him, in the lead-up to last year’s polls, there were several problems that were identified pointing to the poll results the party eventually had, however party executives swept them under the carpet, allowing those matters to fester, hence the NDC’s defeat.

He has, therefore, urged the top hierarchy of the NDC to allow party members to vent their frustrations in spite of the formation of the Professor Kwesi Botchwey-led committee tasked to investigate the causes of the party’s massive defeat.

Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom, on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday March 28, Mr Keglo said: “We the group have not attacked John Mahama, the former president, and it is not in our hands to elect the next candidate. Our candidate will be elected by the party, so if the party says that the former president is the best candidate we will all move along with him.

“We are just alerting him on few things that led to our defeat in the election and that if we don’t address them and we keep quiet, we will suffer. Look at the 2016 elections, everybody thought that we had won so things that were supposed to be done were not done. If we keep quiet again, 2020 will be worse and we don’t want that to happen in the 2020 elections the way 2016 happened to us.

“We don’t want that anymore and so we have to talk about the issues in public. Let me stress that because we refused to put issues in the public domain we had the results that we had in 2016. Everybody became quiet, the party was not doing what it was supposed to do to lead us to win the 2016 elections, yet people were quiet. We are all party members and we think that we have to talk about our issues in a friendly manner so that everybody will know what to do and do it very well.”