Politics of Thu, 13 Apr 20170
Amissah-Arthur was aware of our defeat months earlier - NDC Executive
An executive of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has confessed that former Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoee Amissah-Arthur was duly informed that the party was not going to win the December 7 polls.
Tanko Rashid Computer who is the Dean of Regional Directors of Elections of the NDC revealed that during the Vice President’s last visit to the Northerb region, a report in that regard was submitted to him and he promised to look into it and proffer solutions on his return to Accra but nothing was heard again.
“I worked closely with the National Security Offices and conducted a report which was not looking too good for our party. Initially, we sent it to Accra and when the Vice President visited again in Tamale we gave him another report but that was it”, he disclosed on Tamale-based Diamond Fm.
According to him a final report on November 30, 2016 clearly indicated that the party was losing the polls not because some persons stood as independent candidates but other bigger issues that bedeviled the party prior to the polls emerged.
“We had major issues than the proliferation of independent candidates in this region. The signals were clear we had lost the polls because almost all the strategies we adopted seemed not to be working. It was like a vehicle that had failed brakes and moving without a particular direction. That was how the situation looked like”, he revealed.
On why executives of the party failed to tell the grassroots the truth about the party’s impending defeat he said “we did not want people to die out of shock. Some members could have died so we needed to give them false hopes in anticipation that a miracle could happen because with God all things are possible. But that was never to be”, he added.
He described the 2016 election as one of the most difficult polls for the party indicating that he personally has never seen that kind of election in the country describing the suffering as too much to bear.