- He believes the NDC could have won the 2016 elections, but for internal issues in the party
- He also stated that the party failed to pay attention to its supporters
- He believes the founder, Jerry John Rawlings, still has a role to play, but has to respect party structures
A foremost member of Ghana’s largest political opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Naval Captain (Retired) Asase Gyimah, has disclosed that the main reason his party lost the 2016 elections.
To him, it was because of internal wrangling in the party, and not because the ruling party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presented a better message to the electorate.
He added that their supporters were also indignant, and little attention was paid to them.
The retired captain was part of the 13 – member committee that was constituted by the party to zero in on the reasons for the party’s defeat in the December polls.
The NPP beat the NDC at both the presidential and parliamentary levels.
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Then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo secured 5,716,609 votes, representing 53.84%, against 4,713,277 votes, representing 44.40%, in favour of then candidate John Dramani Mahama of then NDC.
The NPP again increased its parliamentary tally by forty (40) extra seats.
He was however optimistic that the party would bounce back better organized to claim power in 2020.
Gyimah also touched on the role of Jerry John Rawlings in the NDC.
The founder of the party was reported to have constantly criticized the John Mahama administration.
This is because he believed the previous government neglected the principles of probity and accountability, the rocks upon which the party was built.
Gyimah stated that Rawlings is always welcome into the party, but cannot place himself above existing structures and the constitution of the party.
He concluded by saying that Rawlings would have to closely work with others in the party in order to close up its ranks and ensure victory in the 2020 elections.
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