The immediate past Northern Regional Secretary of the opposition NDC, Halid Abdul Rauf has admitted his failure and that of his colleagues to deliver victory in the 31 constituencies and in the presidential elections in the 2016 general elections.
He blamed the “serious command structure” for the disunity among executives, adding that the syndrome of “we are all elected” engulfed the leadership.
He pointed out that the MMDCES and the Regional Minister were not allowed to work effectively and attributed the NDC’s humiliating defeat to what he discribed as “wicked promises” by the NPP led by then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.
Mr. Rauf observed that the former executives did their best to increase votes for both the presidential and parliamentary elections even though it did not lead to victory.
The political tsunami that swept across the country didn’t spare the north, thus the party lossing two seats, the Nanton and Savelegu constituencies.
The party however managed to recapture Kumbungu, Tatale, Tamale North and Zabzugu.
The former regional scribe admitted that, “the former president, Mr. John Dramani Mahama provided the party in the region with huge financial resources and his brother Ibrahim Mahama also provided two pick cups to support the party’s activities,” he explained.
He continued that, “If nobody praised us we will praise ourselves because we did our best under the circumstances,” Mr. Rauf told the delegates during Saturday’s regional conference.