- NDC stalwart, Alban Bagbin says he saw the party's defeat long ago
- According to him, nobody should blame John Mahama for the party painful loss
Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency, Alban Bagbin says the National Democratic Congress (NDC)'s loss in the 2016 elections did not come as a surprise to him.
Bagbin was part of the few NDC MPs who managed to retain their seats during the last elections, after the party lost by a huge margin to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The NPP, led by then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, polled 53.84% to the NDC's 44.40%, ending incumbent John Dramani Mahama's reign as Ghana president after just a term.
The defeat stirred controversy among some party faithful, with some laying the blame solely on the doorstep of John Mahama while others held that it was a collective responsibility.
Earlier in the week, National Organizer of the NDC, Kofi Adams said the party never expected to lose the 2016 elections, insisting "we thought that we have done so well" to warrant another term in office.
However, in a rather contrasting view, second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has claimed that he foresaw the NDC's defeat beforehand.
In an interview with Bola Ray on Starr Chat, the veteran lawmaker revealed that he warned party executives to be wary of a defeat going into the 2016 elections.
In his view, no one should blame John Mahama for the NDC's loss, insisting the former president "did his best".
He added that the NDC's "defeat was bound to happen" while calling on all party members to come together to help the party "bounce back".
The NDC lost by nearly a million votes to the NPP in the 2016 presidential polls, with the party again losing 40 of its seats in Parliament during the 2016 elections.
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