Goosie downplays attack

The campaign team of flag-bearer hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Goosie Tanoh, has said that attacks against his personality and commitment to the NDC are an indication that he has made great strides in his campaign to become the party’s flag-bearer.

In a statement, Goosie Tanoh’s campaign team addressed allegations by a news portal that he “betrayed” the NDC by forming the Reform Movement, describing them as false.

 

“Our campaign is progressing. Our messages of Choice and grassroots empowerment are clearly very welcome at branch level. We are grateful and humbled by the response we are getting. We know that the growth of a conscious grassroots network poses a serious threat to vested interests in Ghana’s political establishment. Change is indeed coming! We are not surprised therefore to see desperate attempts to distract and derail us with tired historical falsification, and slander posing as professional reportage.

 

“The latest of these attacks is a feature titled “How Goosie Betrayed NDC …” published on an online news portal called, “citipressonline.com” created 2 months ago at about the same time Goosie Tanoh declared his intention to run for NDC leadership.

This feature repeats the old and discredited line that the Reform Party, which Goosie Tanoh once led, “betrayed” the NDC”, the statement said.

 

According to them, the NRP was  a movement that was formed to put pressure on the leadership of the NDC to be faithful to NDC’s core values after he (Goosie)  had failed to induce a response from them through internal engagements.

The statement added that the NRP only broke away from the NDC after the efforts of the Reform Movement were met with “intimidation, victimization and misinformation.”

 

They also denied that the party was formed to oppose the candidature of the late John Evans Atta Mills, stating that leaders of the NRP backed his campaign for President in 2003 and subsequently rejoined the NDC at his request.

 

“Comrade Tanoh, who did a national campaign broadcast for Prof. Mills and the NDC in 2008, has since his return to the NDC been working behind the scenes for the good of the party. Goosie has been active in his Krowor Branch and has contributed significantly to NDC parliamentary and Presidential campaigns since 2007”, the statement added.

 

Goosie Tanoh is one of about a dozen people seeking to lead the NDC in election 2020.

 

Some other notable persons in the race for the NDC top job are former President John Dramani Mahama, Prof Joshua Alabi, Dr Ekwow Spio Garbrah, Alban Bagbin and Sylvester Mensah.

The party is hoping to elect a flag-bearer for election 2020 before the end of the year.

 

 

Story: Today Correspondent

 

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