Politics of Wed, 22 Aug 201823
NDC race: Don’t get down and dirty with Bagbin – Asiedu Nketia warns
General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has pointed out the dangers in responding to the supposed dirty campaign of the second deputy speaker of parliament by other contestants and their followers, saying well meaning party members must kill the seeming tension building up ahead of the internal polls.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah popularly called General Mosquito fears the trend will give their opponents political weapon to attack them should the contest get dirty in the preliminary stages.
“Our opponents will always wish bad for us and so we must be careful how we do our things. Lets be cautious not to jump into the fray and attack each other to create tension in the party.” he warned in an interview with host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM.
Bagbin went all out attacking former President Mahama when he stormed the Volta Region last week to begin his campaign to contest the vacant flagbearer position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Several party officials including the National Organiser of the main National Democratic Congress (NDC) Kofi Adams has condemned the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin saying the latter is bent on making mischief with a blithe disregard for decency in his campaign.
But Mr. Asiedu Nketiah says the party at the right time will call him to order when it becomes necessary.
“If it comes to our attention that there’s likely to be a problem somewhere, will do well to verify and give him the necessary caution against such campaign.” he noted.
Meanwhile, in a written rebuttal to suggestions from some quarters of the NDC that he is running a campaign characterized with personality attacks, especially, on the former Ghanaian Leader, Hon. Bagbin said those suggestions are far from the truth, directing anybody with doubts to get his campaign audio tapes from his media team for verification.
His campaign, he noted, has been clean since all the places he has visited, he only tells them the truth and happenings in the NDC which calls for change.
“It is worth reminding readers that I assured the party through the General Secretary in my letter of intent, to conduct a decent, decorous and mature campaign. I am committed to that. I also informed the General Secretary of my obligation to share the right information from 1992 to date to empower members of the party to make the right decisions. I do not refer to the specific Presidents unless it is a specific issue of policy of governance. If it is the case of a strategy of the anti-NDC media, to cause division and hatred amongst members of the party, you have offered yourselves as willing tools for that purpose. Even before you slaughter a chicken you give it water to drink”, he noted in a response to the concerns raised by some NDC party functionaries about the way he is going about his campaign.”