NDC Flagbearer Race: NEC Abusing Some Aspirants – Rawlings
Former President John Mahama late last month disclosed his intention to lead the party ahead of the 2020 elections after reflecting on several calls on him to contest.
He would be joined by Second deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, the former Vice–Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, (UPSA) Joshua Alabi and former NHIA CEO Sylvester Mensah. Also, there are speculations former Finance Minister Professor Kwesi Botchwey is lacing his boots to join the race, with a 41-year-old Banker Nurudeen Iddrisu also announcing his intentions.
“Some aspiring candidates are abused by some national executives who are supposed to be non-aligned at least publicly,” Mr. Rawlings said Monday when he addressed cadres and members of the NDC at the commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the June 4th uprising at Madina in Accra.
He also tore into the concept behind the party’s Unity Walk, suggesting that it is cooked to serve an insular agenda aimed at promoting a particular candidate in the party’s flagbearer contest to the detriment of others.
“When we make reference to unity,” he stated, “it should not be a parochial agenda aimed at marketing some individuals.”
“The unity drive should be all-encompassing driven by the passion and desire to repair the cracks that led to the 2016 [electoral defeat],” he added.