- First deputy speaker, Alban Bagbin has described the former Mahama-led government as an 'Animal farm'
- The top NDC man says former President Mahama sidelined NDC members and appointed 'foreigners' into office
A top ranking member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has described the erstwhile Mahama administration as an ‘Animal farm’ government.
According to Alban Bagbin, Mahama’s ‘Animal Farm,’ government' monkeys were working, while baboons chopped.’
Speaking with NDC communicators in a meeting at his Job 600 office complex at Parliament House, the NDC stalwart stated, “That is why you had unknown people appearing from nowhere and getting top appointments. While people like you and other executives who had toiled for the party had been ignored.”
The NDC party communicators who met Alban Bagbin, who is an NDC flagbearer hopeful instigated the revelations when the communicators questioned why they should support his candidature when he finally files his nomination.
Their point was that they had toiled in the recent past to get former President Mahama into office, but they were abandoned.
Most of them said they were jobless and impoverished from neglect from their own party for eight years and asked why they should commit to help any other flagbearer hopeful for the party.
Mr Bagbin, who had already promised a paradigm shift from that of former President Mahama’s style of governance, explained that former President Mahama appointed outsiders into his government because he was not familiar with true party people.
To him, John Dramani Mahama’s unfamiliarity with true party faithful was due to the fact that he had not really worked his way through the ranks of the NDC party.
He said in 2004, while, he was Minority Leader, he had to make time to campaign for Mahama in his constituency, where the NDC Presidential votes in the Parliamentary elections had been diminishing because he was not in touch with the grassroots.
Mr Bagbin in his conversation said he knew all party true-bloods who continued to sacrifice for the party and therefore, deserved to be rewarded appropriately.
“It is not for nothing that I have said I will make the party the fulcrum of my administration, if I am elected flagbearer and eventually win to become the President, I know our people and respect their efforts,” Mr Bagbin said.
Mr Bagbin who has served as the NDC Minority and Majority Leader in parliament, and also as a member of the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee, National Executive Committee and Council of Elders is competing former President Mahama for the NDC flagbearership race in the 2020 election.
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