- Alban Bagbin criticized former president Mahama's leadership style post-election 2016
- His comments sparked controversy in the party, with many disapproving his critical remarks
-Bagbin explained that he only wanted to warn the party and had no ill intentions towards the former president
Alban Bagbin, the second deputy speaker of parliament has said that his criticisms of former President Mahama's leadership were not meant to offend the former head of state, but to rather highlight some factors of the crisis in the party.
According to him, while some members of the NDC did not approve of his style of criticism, he said that he had no ill intent with his statements.
He argued that he was only giving warnings of the impending challenges that the party would face, if certain measures were not taken.
Mr Bagbin, who is also the member of parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo, said the NDC's election defeat was shocking as he had expected only the defeat of some of parliamentary colleagues, not the whole presidency.
"For the president losing yes it was shocking. What we saw and the experience in the 2016 election, there was no way a prophet could have convinced anybody President John Dramani Mahama was going to lose the elections. You realised that my speeches at that time were focused on the Members of Parliament because I realised we were going to lose our numbers but not to this extent. To me it was a shock.
What I did was to give early warning signs, ring the alarm bells that something was going wrong. In spite of our intellectual wealth, we still needed cool heads, knowledge and experience that was lacking in the leadership of the party but some people understood me wrongly. A few things were corrected on my outcry but that was not enough," he said.
Mr Bagbin further assured that his comments were only meant to be warnings to the party against the repetition of the 2016 defeat, while stating that the party was trying to reorganize itself and would make a comeback in 2020.