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Politics of Saturday, 16 June 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

‘Unity Walk’ was thorn in NPP's flesh’ - Kojo Bonsu

Former Chief Executive for Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Kojo Bonsu

Despite criticism by some party members that the ‘Unity Walk’ was not the solution to predicaments of National Democratic Congress (NDC), the organisers say it was a continuous problem to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

According to the organisers, the unity walk project has helped in energising the grassroots and giving them the hope that NDC can win the 2020 general elections.

“We also realised the walk has really been a thorn in the flesh of the NPP government,” said lead organiser, Kojo Bonsu in a statement to thank national and regional leaders of the NDC.

The former Chief executive for Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly also expressed appreciation to “members of the party in all the 10 regions for their sacrifices and dedicated service which despite all the criticisms made the program very successful.”

“We also thank the former President John Dramani Mahama, former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and all former appointees for making themselves available to see the success of the program.

“All Presidential hopefuls are not left out as well as the grassroots which are the power house of our party. Our communicators at all levels as well as members of all social media platforms who did their best to promote the program,” he acknowledged.

As the unity walk has come to an end, there are plans for it to be replaced with something bigger, Kojo Bonsu hinted. He urged party faithful “to continue brightening the little corner we find ourselves to make the party attractive for floating voters to positively enhance our chances in 2020.”

“We also encourage the leadership of the party at all our branches, zones and constituencies replicate the unity walk to continue energising the grassroots while we warm up for the battle in 2020,” he rallied party followers.

Background

After the NDC's painful loss in 2016 election, the party became dejected and the magnitude of the loss made party faithful lose hope about the party's future. The blame game then started from all angles and the party seemed divided at a certain point.

Prof. Kwesi Botchwey

The party leadership commissioned a committee led by Prof. Kwesi Botchwey and tasked them to find the reasons for the lost and possible recommendations to restore hope and steps of reorganising the party.

Following submission of a report by the committee, two leading figures, Joshuah Akamba, the Deputy National Organiser of the party and Kojo Bonsu then conceived the idea of the unity walk. The idea was shot down by some party members as not the panacea to their predicaments.

The project was highly criticised even before it started but the two gentlemen explained to the public that the unity walk was not to replace the work of the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee and maintained, the project was just to energise the grassroots while the reorganisation and reconciliation of the party take shape.