Presidential hopeful of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has descended heavily on former President John Dramani Mahama, describing his administration as an “Animal Farm” government.
Mr Bagbin, who is also the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, said in Mahama’s ‘Animal Farm’ government, ‘monkeys were working, while baboons chopped.’
“That is why you had unknown people appearing from nowhere and getting top appointments. While people like you and other executives who had toiled for the party had been ignored, the visibly unhappy Bagbin said.
He poured out his heart in a meeting with communicators of the party at his Job 600 office complex at Parliament House on Monday, June 11, 2018.
The NDC party communicators who called on Mr Bagbin triggered the revelations when they questioned why they should support his candidature when he finally files his nomination.
Their (the communicators’) worry was that they had toiled in the recent past to get former President Dramani Mahama into office, but when he became President, they were abandoned.
Most of them, they alleged, were jobless and impoverished from neglect from their own party for eight years and asked why they should commit to help any other flag-bearer hopeful for the party.
But, Mr Bagbin, who had already promised a paradigm shift from that of former President Dramani Mahama’s style of governance, explained that former President appointed outsiders into his government because he was not familiar with true party people.
According to him, the former president’s unfamiliarity with true party faithful was due to the fact that unlike everyone else, President Dramani Mahama had not really worked his way through the ranks of the party.
He claimed that in 2004, while he was Minority Leader, he had to make time to campaign for Mr Dramani Mahama in his constituency where the NDC presidential votes in the parliamentary election had been diminishing because he was not in touch with the grassroots.
He said he knew all party true-bloods who continued to sacrifice for the party and therefore, deserved to be rewarded appropriately.
“It is not for nothing that I have said I will make the party the fulcrum of my administration, if I am elected flag-bearer and eventually win to become the President, I know our people and respect their efforts,” Mr Bagbin said.
An ecstatic crowd of party communicators who had been momentarily jolted out of their despondency broke into songs of praise for Mr Bagbin with lyrics of the song portraying him as the only one who could build Ghana with integrity and also reward the sacrifices of deserving Ghanaians.
Mr Bagbin also took the opportunity to remind the communicators that he had nothing against former President Dramani Mahama, and further claimed that, following the untimely death of late President Mills in office in 2012, he was one of the people who lobbied to ensure that the former President, who was then Vice to President Mills, was allowed to go unopposed as flag-bearer.
He also claimed that t former President Dramani Mahama’s sudden elevation to the Vice Presidency resulted from efforts from people within the party, including himself, and contended that time had come for a paradigm shift in the party.
He also went on to allege that former President Dramani Mahama’s administration neglected party faithful, leading to pain amongst members and even the founders and leaders
According to Mr Bagbin, “he has rich experience, having served as Minority and Majority Leader, through which he also served as member of the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee, National Executive Committee and Council of Elders.”
The NDC in November this year will elect its flag-bearer to lead the party in the 2020 election. Already names that had popped up for the highest position of the party include former Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former Rector of University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Prof Joshua Alabi, former Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, and former President John Dramani Mahama.
Story: Kwaku AKYEANA