By Cecil Mensah
The Greater Accra regional youth wing of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), has cautioned the rank and file of the party to vote for ethical and morally upright leaders to lead the party into the 2016 elections.
A group calling itself, the Concerned Youth of NDC in the Greater Accra Region (GAR), led by its convenor, Mr Daniel Assai, said the “NDC needs authentic and ethical leaders in the GAR”
According to him, members of the group are minded by the urgent call to duty and the fact that the future of the party and its fortune hangs in the balance.
“No matter how sensitive the issues, we know one needs to break an egg to make a omelets.
It is said that great leaders genuinely care for and loved the people, they lead more than the mere act of leading them”
He said leadership without love, degenerates into self-serving manipulations and abuse of the people’s trust and mandate.
He explained that inept leaders fail to recognize that to “whom much is given much is expected”.
He said, the youth of the party are calling on the delegates, who would be voting on Saturday November 15, 2014, at Dodowa to elect a regional chairman for the party , to vote for leaders who will help the party maintain power in 2016.
We believe that the region is very important to the success of the party and any attempt to elect a leader, who do not have the above mentioned qualities, can blight the fortunes of the NDC in the 2016 general elections.
He revealed that the party in opposition, during the 2008 elections performed very well in the region, hence the party coming back to power in 2009
According to him, the success the party chalked by winning the region in the 2008 election, was through the hard work and vision of the then leadership of the party.
In 2012, although the party won the region , it failed to improve upon the last performances.
“Our performances declined woefully and shamefully from a margin of 154,530 to 115,964 in 2012 elections that saw President John Dramani Mahama, beating his main contender, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Also in 2008, the party won two thirds of the parliamentary seats, representing one hundred percent as against the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) nine seats.
He noted that in the 2012 elections, the party could not maintain its pace, nor improve upon it, but rather diminished.
The party in 2012, won twenty seats, while the NPP increased from nine seats to fourteen seats.
He added that prior to the 2012 elections, additional seven seats, were created and the incumbent NDC, could not win half of the new seats with the NPP winning five due to lack of hard work on the part of the regional leadership.
He stressed that records, have shown that during the NDC’s Constituencies elections across the country, the region had the highest court cases in the history of the party, to which many assigned bad leadership at the regional level to.
He said, the poor performance of the party in the region, was due to the inability of the region’s leadership to release adequate resources for grassroot work in the Constituencies.
We are much aware of the dissipation of the party funds during the 2012 Biometric Registration the exercise embarked upon by the Electoral Commission (EC), where the region was allocated ten thousand Cedis and five Ghana Cedis allocated to the various Constituencies, but only two thousand Ghana Cedis was disbursed to the Constituencies, with Mr Joseph Arde Coker, the regional chairman pocketing the remaining three thousand Ghana Cedis.
According to him, when the chairman was questioned, he claimed he had used the money for the procurement of motor bikes for the Constituencies, which were never delivered.