- Victor Smith has called for a complete overhaul of the National Democratic Congress' leadership
- He believes it is necessary to bring fresh faces to the party for a comeback in 2020
- He also argued that for NDC to win the 2020 elections, they would need John Mahama
A former parliamentary aspirant for Abuakwa North, Victor Smith, has said that a complete restructuring of the National Democratic Congress' executive branch is necessary, following the party's defeat in 2016.
He opined that the some executives of the party, including the national chairman, Kofi Portuphy among others had served their time and it was necessary to bring changes to the party's leadership.
Mr. Smith was speaking on Citi FM's Eyewitness News, when he said, "we should change the whole guard. We should start with some die-hard selfless people.... I think he [Asiedu Nketia] has been there long enough. We should just clean the stables."
He made these remarks, while insisting that former president John Mahama should still be the main candidate for the 2020 ticket.
Mr. Smith believes if the NDC want to make the comeback they aspire to, it would have to be with John Mahama as the running candidate for the 2020 polls, as Mahama is their 'best bet.'
He stated that while John Mahama as the face of the party would be NDC's biggest chance at success, it is imperative that the internal wrangling in the party post-election 2016 be resolved.
"Mahama did so well in delivering the deliverables in terms of development of our country. However in terms of our own party, there was the bickering, there was the anger in our party which cost us. If we want to win elections we should put John, but correct the mistakes," he said.
He further noted that the party executives, performed poorly in their job of offering the former president the adequate support system he needed.
Meanwhile, the former Trade and Industry Minister, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, may have opted out of the contest for the flagbearership for NDC in the 2020 race.
According to him, it is too early to give an answer about his interest in contesting, as the party members should be more concerned with fixing the 'broken party' before debating who will contest the 2020 election on the party's behalf.
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