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Bagbin is out to destroy NDC not lead it - Kofi Adams

The National Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called the Second Deputy Speaker out for wanting to destroy the party he seeks to lead.

Kofi Adams said he is scandalised by the recent comments of Alban Sumana Bagbin which aimed at blackmailing and destroying people in the party and the party as a whole.

He told Joy News’ Evans Mensah on Newsnight Monday that “if truly Mr Bagbin is not out there to destroy the party, he must be careful with what he says. "For some of us, it is becoming very clear that it is an agenda to destroy the party and not to lead it," he said.

Mr Bagbin has compared former president John Mahama to a "reckless driver" who will run the party into a ditch.

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He said although he warned Mr Mahama and his men about the danger ahead in the 2016 elections, he was ignored but his fears came to pass when the party lost miserably in the 2016 general elections.

The Nadoli Kaleo MP claims he wants to prevent an even miserable defeat in 2020, a reason he is pushing for the party's leadership to be changed.

Mr Bagbin also accused cronies close to Mr Mahama of neglecting the grassroot and living lavishly by building mansions and driving in V8.

Reacting to the comments, Mr Adams entreated party members to treat such comments with the contempt it deserves.

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“I know that Bagbin does not live in a thatch in Accra here and when one visits Wa he owns one of the biggest houses there. So, I am surprised that he will be the one talking about mansions here.

According to Mr Adams there is no point in telling anyone who has worked hard to afford living a good life to apologise to anyone.

Related: Mahama's boys bought V8, built mansions in 4 years – Bagbin

“Why do you seek to lead the party if you don’t intend to better the lives of people? If I am a leader, I am supposed to give an opportunity to people and lead them from where they were to a better place,” he said.

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The campaign coordinator for Mr Mahama said they worked hard when they had the opportunity to serve so there is no point in anyone questioning what they benefited.

He added that it is so wrong for a legislator to insult his colleagues that they “do not have a mind of their own when clearly that is not the case” when they said they wanted Mr Mahama to lead the party again.

According to him, instead of needlessly attacking people, Mr Bagbin should be “worried why his votes [in his constituency] has dwindled over the years,” when he has had all the opportunities to serve in different capacities.

He said candidate Mahama in the 2016 election garnered more votes in the Nadowli Kaleo constituency and the MP should be working to rectify that for the party to benefit when someone else takes over from him.

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He said at the appropriate time such matters will be treated at the right quarters of the party.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia has issued a strong warning to candidates vying for the National Executive to refrain from making disparaging comments against their opponent in the upcoming National Congress.

He observed that party would not hesitate to drag any candidate before the disciplinary committee if they are found culpable of breaching the rules of the campaign.

Mr Nketia added at a press conference to roll out the guidelines for the elections they they would not hesitate to expel such candidate if the need be.

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