Can The Centre Hold For The National Democratic Congress?


The National Democratic Congress (NDC), less than two months after losing the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, is a study in imposition.

I remained uninspired to write anything good about the party and how ready, it is to survive in opposition, except to wish the party well.

This is not the first time the party is losing an election, but it seems the manner, it had fallen this time, the cut is too deep to patch with plaster, without proper treatment.

Many reasons, have been adduced, and as Dr. Kwesi Botwey committee, continues with it work to unravel the mystery and chart a path forward, tongues are wagging, fingers are getting itchy and ears wide open.

What is coming out of the once vibrant headquarters of the party leaves much to be desired. A party in power is like cow dung, the top is very dry, but the inside is hot. I have never for the life imagined that, the National Democratic Congress is full of cracks, divisions and pettiness.

The President Akufo-Addo government is bound to have a very weak opposition and that is very bad for our democracy.

The best foot forward for the NDC, in these trying times is the media predisposed to the party, but the devil they say is in the details. The media, were treated as orphans, begging for leftover, they did not matter in the scheme of things, they were denied adverts, and considered not credible. The wagons have circled and today, the party needs the media, the neglected.

Parliament, was also to be another strong foot for the party, but our honorable members, started on a wrong note, with the bribery allegations, which has dogged the August House.

Currently, the soul of the party is up for grasp, will it go to those with deep pockets, or those with moral high ground, whatever that means, but has become the favourite line for the formr president and founder of the National Democratic Congress, Jerry John Rawlings.

Ex-president, John Dramani Mahama, is one of the most smartest politicians in recent times, in the run up to the 2016 elections, in constituting his campaign team, he virtually handed over the campaign to the party, when he chose the General Secreetary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as the campaign chairman and the party’s organizer., Kofi Adams, who will have to explain to the rank and file of the party, how came by five luxurious cars in a campaign year, as his co-ordinator.

The fact that, the led the party to the slaughter house is no longer news, what is news and will continue to agitate and question the minds of pollsters is, why the party lost by such a huge margin.

For the first time, it was obvious on the day of voting that, the NDC had lost the elections. A year or so ago, this story, will have been the story of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), it was obvious at the time, we were chanting disunity in NPP that, despite the cracks, they had their eyes on the ball, which was the ultimate.

The NDC, needs to test it survival by organizing early executive elections are various level to forestall confidence in the rank and file of the party.

Enoch Teye Mensah, since last two weeks, had made headlines for the wrong reasons, with calls for his suspension or dismissal from the NDC. a party that does not what the future holds for it, does not begin by suspending or dismissing members for expressing their views, regardless of how questionable they might be.

His decision to contest in the Council of State election and subsequent withdrawal, following insults rained on him by members of the party, was not enough to deter him from endorsing president Akufo-Addo, who he says, is a long time friend.

E.T Mensah’s latest call to bring back the mother of the NDC, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, has also not gone down well with some members, who see Konadu as a traitor.

The founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings, is also on a collision course with the party, he has also lost favour in the eyes of members, since 2009, when he started criticizing the late president, John Evans Atta Mills.

His criticism of President, John Dramani Mahama, was not as it was with Prof. Mills, but nonetheless, the harm and his apparent lack of participation in the 2016 elections, has not gone down well with a lot of people, who see him as their hero.

Today, with different lenses, he is seen as a foe, hero, savior, traitor, within the party, how he also manages to rise out of the ashes, will determine his level of influence in the NDC and Ghanaian politics.

The national executives, need to reassert their authourity and commitment to the party. The party is wobbling, but it is not the end of the road.

The situation is worrisome and calls for all hands on deck, if the party hopes to put up any meaningful contest in 2020, which in my opinion is going to be very difficult to wrestle power from the NPP.

The NDC, had the opportunity and the benefit of projects to have won the 2016 election, but the internal problems and struggle for power, which led to the neglect of some key individuals, will not be repeated by the NPP.

In politics, a day is a long time and so will not dismiss the idea entirely of NDC winning power, but a reality check is needed, going forward.




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