Former Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has urged the minority MPs to work hard in opposition to ensure that the NDC returns to power in 2020.
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“I’m sure that all of you are up to the task. And you all have to work extra hard in opposition not only in parliament but also in your constituencies. Part of the reasons for some of the loss in some of the constituencies is how frequently you go back; how you associate with the people not only in respect of what you do for them but identifying with then and letting them know that you’re one of them,” Mahama said.
He added that the party needs all members to “overcome the blame game because in the final analysis it was not the result of one person’s omissions or commissions that made us lose.”
The NDC’s eight-year reign came to an end after Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) defeated John Mahama by a whooping 53.85%.
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A committee – led by Professor Kwesi Botchwey – was set up by the hierarchy of the NDC in the aftermath of the 2016 polls to investigate the party’s defeat.
The ex-president also brought up a number of issues which could have led to his party’s loss in the elections.
“We (NDC) exited in a historical context and so we should look at everything that happens in the context of history. I studied history for my first degree so I always like to analyze history.
“There is a certain wind breezing across the world and so even though there might have been acts of omission or commissions on our part that led to our loss it is also part of a certain wind that is sweeping across the world,” the ex-president said.