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TRIBALISM TEARING NDC APART ASIEDU NKETIA LAMENTS

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Propagandist extraordinaire and General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, is now worried the opposition party is under attack from tribalism, the very canker he and the NDC mischievously and wrongfully accuses the New Patriotic Party of, since the last three decades or so.

Propagandist extraordinaire and General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, is now worried the opposition party is under attack from tribalism, the very canker he and the NDC mischievously and wrongfully accuses the New Patriotic Party of, since the last three decades or so.

 

The admission confirms results in the just-ended NDC regional executive elections in which non-indigenes in the Ashanti region were, for instance, preferred over Ashantis.

                                                                                            Mosquito lamentations

Inducting into office a crop of newly-elected Ashanti regional executives of the party, he urged them to kill “the internal tribal politics disease” which, he admitted, is gradually gaining root in the party.

Mr Asiedu Nketia was addressing the party executives of NDC in Kumawu, where he expressed worry about the insipid nature of tribal divisiveness and backstabbing tearing the party apart.

Tribalism, he insisted, is killing the passion, commitment and loyalty which the supporters of the party used to put into party work, with executives forming alliances depending on tribal grounds.

Asiedu Nketia affirmed that this, among other reasons, contributed partly to why the party lost some key parliamentary seats in Ashanti region to their main political opponent the NPP. In his opinion, it was the NPP as a party and not the NDC that didn’t approach the general elections with sense of unity.

                                                                                              Worrying trend

“The trend in Ashanti NDC now is tribal politics; you always hear the party members claiming the NDC belongs to the Voltarians because the founder is from Volta region; others will also say President Mahama is from the Northern region and, therefore, the NDC now belongs to the Northerners...and Ashantis will also fight other tribes in leadership position insisting that they won’t allow any tribe to decide for Ashantis in their own homeland...All these don’t help in promoting unity in the party,” Nketia lamented.

Continuing with his lamentations, General Mosquito said the time had come for newly elected executives of the party to kill this disease among them, else the party would continue to struggle for long time in the region. He added that in NPP’s strongholds, the NDC needs to approach issues with a united front.

“I’m telling you all newly elected executives of the party that we did not elect you based on your tribe and religious affiliation, but party delegates have seen your work and commitment to the party for which they have given you the mandate to lead the party for the next four years going into election 2020,” he noted.

                                                                                                Vision 2020

He also stressed: “I am telling you your weakness because Ashanti votes mean a lot to NDC in every general elections because Ashanti is among the first four regions that gives NDC most votes in every general elections.

“I’m expecting you the newly elected regional executives of the party to up your game in Ashanti by placing second among the first regions that will give NDC more votes in election 2020. Because any time NDC gets more than 20 percent votes in your region, we win general elections or, for that matter, presidential.”

Newly elected regional chairman of the party, Augustus Nana Akwasi, in his acceptance remarks after defeating the former deputy Ashanti regional Minister Joseph Yamin on the chairmanship race, commended the delegates for electing a strong team to the lead the party activities in the region for the next four years. He also assured the national executives that he was poised in uniting the party after the contest to secure the 30 percent vote target of the party in the region in the 2020 elections.

“Reorganisation of the party grassroots for a united front into election 2020 was my major campaign message in the contest, and now that the delegates have decided and given us the mandate, I assure you that I will go by my words,” he claimed. 

He also urged unity and reconciliation from all quarters, saying: “you all know this election contest brought about the formation of a lot of camps, including Yammin Camp and Nana Akwasi Camp...Trust me, I will disband all said camps to form one winning team to work for the victory of NDC in election 2020. Our focus at the moment is to win at least 30 percent votes in Ashanti region. Therefore, let’s work together as a team.”