There have been some interesting revelations coming from the ongoing NDC’s defeat stocktaking process, with accusations and counter accusations about who, and what caused the party’s heavy defeat in the December elections.
It is indeed surprising how some NDC bigwigs and other party faithfuls go on air to expose the rot that characterized the party ahead of the elections.
Names are beginning to pop up which are linked to the cause of the party’s defeat which the greatest blame pushed to the then flagbearer of the NDC and president of the country.
These accusations do not come as a surprise to many people since, before the committee investigating the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) loss in the December 2016 presidential elections presents its report, the NDC Member of Parliament for Yunyoo in the Northern Region, Joseph Bipoba Naabu has blamed former President Mahama for the electoral defeat.
For him, former President Hohn Mahama had surrounded himself with inexperienced people who only misled him hence majority of Ghanaians voted against him and the NDC out of anger.
“He allowed those working around him like Omane Boamah, Felix Ofosu Kwakye, Baba Jamal and other presidential staffers like Stan Dogbe to influence him. These small boys who have not even rented a room by themselves, have not been able to buy a car, had this opportunity and they were just talking carelessly, insulting people and he was listening to them. Could you believe that someone like Bagbin went to him [Mahama] to meet him and people like Stan Dogbe gave instructions that he cannot see him.”
A thirteen member committee led by Prof. Kwesi Botchway was tasked to investigate what accounted for the party’s historic defeat after the former President lost to President Nana Addo.
Also, the immediate past National Chairman of the NDC, Dr Kwabena Adjei is convinced that one of the cardinal factors that led President John Mahama losing the 2016 elections was the fact that he didn’t listen to the wise counsel of senior party members and that, he surrounded himself with young handlers who were inexperienced.
Victor Smith also has a heavy dose of the blame after it emerged that Victor Smith, the National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary candidate for Abuakwa North in the 2016 polls, squandered monies meant for campaign activities in the constituency ahead of the 2016 elections.
Victor Smith is alleged to have diverted cash meant for the NDC’s campaign into his building project, a situation that starved the party in the constituency, resulting in the inability of members to engage in effective campaign to ensure victory for the NDC, after he himself claimed that the John Mahama administration at a point in time was unattractive to Ghanaians and that may have accounted for the party’s massive defeat in last year’s polls.
In another breadth, party delegates too have been fingered for contributing to the painful defeat of the party with the belief that they have compromised their positions hence the sudden situation.
Although the fact-finding committee is yet to conclude its work, some members of the party have in various public statements given suggestions of what may have accounted for their loss.
This is part of the many uncertainties about whether or not John Mahama will contest again in the next elections.
The three-time Flagbearer of the NPP, Akufo-Addo beat the incumbent John Mahama with over a million votes to emerge the winner, with the NPP also winning majority of seats in Parliament.
The unprecedented defeat dazed the NDC so much so that, it believes the only way to come out of it is to carry out investigations to identify loopholes and causes of the defeat.
By Prosper Agbenyega