Outspoken two-term deputy National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba, has declared his intention to contest the party’s National Organiser position, when nominations are opened.
Mr Akamba made his intention known in a statement signed by him and released on 12th July, 2018.
He recounted few activities of his which helped the party to win power in 2008 and further called on party foot-soldiers, elders and executives to recognise the numerous “qualities that he brings on board, knowing his unflinching love for the NDC and unwavering commitment to the grassroots of the party.”
Known by many as the “Grassroots Captain,” he is the most experienced among all the aspirants for the national organiser slot, having served under both Yaw Boateng Gyan and Kofi Adams as Deputy National Organiser.
Mr Akamba was the brain behind NDC’s recently ended Unity Walks, which are believed to have re-energised members of the party after its 2016 electoral defeat.
According to him, following extensive consultation with senior colleagues, comrades, and his family, he has come to the conclusion that it is time he put himself forward to serve the NDC in the capacity of national organiser.
“It is imperative that we wrestle the destiny of this country, from the clutches of the vulture of an NPP government who have taken hold and are picking it dry.
We can therefore not afford to take any chances. This is not a matter of luck of the draw,” the statement said.
The statement went on to stress the need for the NDC to elect an organiser who has been in the trenches and moved up through the ranks.
“One who is dedicated to the cause of the party and also in tune with the social democratic principles that form the bedrock of our ideals,” it averred.
And to ensure that the NDC wins the 2020 poll, the statement called for a national organiser who is trusted by the party’s hierarchy and the grassroots
“We need an organiser with formidable skills who can ensure that whether the party is in opposition (like now) or in power in the not too distant future, we will set the agenda for the rest of the nation to follow.”
Against this backdrop, the statement called on members of the NDC to vote massively for Mr Akamba to assume the position of National Organiser since he has all the necessary ingredients to deliver victory for the party in 2020.
“Comrades, I have done it before and I daresay I can do it again.
In 2000 when the party lost to the NPP, most of our members thought that was the end of us. When our opponents had vowed to destroy the NDC and our members were living in fear, I took up the challenge and started organizing ward and branch meetings in Ashaiman and Tema East. I was not a national officer then,” the statement expressed.
Story: Political Desk