Call Bagbin to Order: NDC Petitioners to Elders
Some supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have petitioned the Council of Elders of the party to call Mr Alban Bagbin to order since, in their view, his utterances are “weakening our base as a party and causing dissension and discontent, which can lead to major cracks in our front.”
The petition follows the Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo’s attack on former President John Mahama during his interview with Accra-based Multimedia.
Mr Bagbin, who has declared his intention to contest the presidential primaries of the party, accused Mr Mahama of causing the NDC’s defeat in the 2016 election.
Mr Bagbin in the interview said Mr Mahama “came out as a good leader to admit that it was his fault because throughout his governance, he kept on reminding us that he was the captain and that the buck stops with him.
“It’s the same thing – the good things that we did are credited to him, and, so, you don’t just take the assets, you also take the liabilities, so, he is mainly responsible for our loss.
“You lead, we follow, and, so, at the end of the day, when you mislead us, you cannot go and say that it’s somebody who has rather misinformed you to mislead us, no, because you take the decision; that is what leadership is about.”
He also added that Mr Mahama will lose the presidential primaries if he contested.
These statements, according to the petitioners, Andrews Amadi Krow and Dzifa Gunu, “will not contribute in any way to the process of healing and reconciliation that our party, the NDC, is seeking.”
The petitioners added that Mr Bagbin’s attacks on the former president, is a clear violation of the Council of Elders’ advice and caution to members “to respect the party structures and procedures in resolving internal grievances and conflicts”, and to stop the practice of “ventilating their grievances in public through the electronic, print and social media.”