- Alban Bagbin has revealed the actual cause of the NDC's defeat
- The second deputy majority leader claims Mahama chose to appoint a blind minister for chieftaincy affairs despite wide objection from chiefs
The second deputy speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin, has attributed the defeat of the NDC during the 2020 election to the decision by former President Mahama to appoint a visually impaired official.
The member of parliament for Nadowli Kaleo has argued that appointing Dr. Henry Siedu Daanaa as the minister in charge of chieftaincy and traditional affairs was a terrible mistake that cost the party dearly in the 2016 elections.
“In our tradition, if you are not whole can you be a chief or grandmother? So if you form a government and make the minister of Chieftaincy a blind person and the chiefs are objecting and you don’t change him what are you telling the chiefs?,” he suggested during an address to some party communicators in the Volta Region.
The revelation by Alban Bagbin forms part of a series of other criticisms against John Mahama especially as he prepares to contest 2020 elections.
Already, there are plans by the top executives of the NDC to summon Alban Bagbin to the disciplinary committee over some of the criticisms he has been vicious and offensive.
Mr. Bagbin had earlier described the Mahama’s administration as an “animal farm” government which did not bode well for hard working party members.
Bagbin's road to election 2020
A special aide to Alban Bagbin, Konoba Joe, has revealed that the second deputy speaker of parliament will be picking nomination forms to contest the flagbearship position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of the 2020 elections.
Konoba Joe reveals that “what Hon. Alban Bagbin has done since 1992 is to serve his people and that call is emanating again.
That call is for him to even occupy a higher position to serve the party well and that is the position of the NDC flagbearership”.
Konoba in an interview with the media revealed that “everything has its season and this is a season for the re-organization of the party.
The revelation made by the aide comes in the wake of speculations by the Alhajj newspaper that founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings is planning to kick out the former president, John Mahama from leading the party in the 2020 elections.
A publication by the Al-Hajj newspaper, which was picked up by YEN.com.gh claims that some key personalities of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) secretly meeting the Rawlingses at Ridge to launch image smearing campaign against Mahana to make him unpopular.
Mahama's 2020 journey
As it stands now, John Mahama, has not made known his intentions to contest the 2020 elections. The former president has stated that he will soon be announcing whether or not to contest the elections.
Former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, is reported to have been massively endorsed by members of parliament under the party. Details of the votes show that 94 out of 106 NDC legislators want the former president to contest the 2020 elections.
Adomfmonline is reporting that these MPs have subsequently formed a support group called MPS4JM (Members of Parliament for John Mahama).
Meanwhile, some members of parliament under the NDC say they mistook the voting sheet for an attendance sheet.
According to them, most of them never resolved to vote for Mahama especially when most of their devotion was with other presidential aspirants including the former rector of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA).
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