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NDC race: Flagbearer election will be a decision by grassroots - Alabi slams

Presidential candidate hopeful for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Professor Joshua Alabi raised concerns over claims that some 94 Minority MPs have endorsed former President John Dramani Mahama as candidate for 2020.

According to Prosessor Albi although he is not surprised at the decision by the MPs-because the former president employed them when he was in power.

But quickly added that the decision to elect a presidential candidate will be decided by the grassroot. ‘’First of all, this development does not come to us as a surprise, especially when one considers the fact that most of these MPs were hitherto appointees in the last NDC government, with quite a number of them retiring from Parliament after 2020.

We have always anticipated such a natural occurrence in the party. However, we have not lost sight of the fact that the next flagbearer election as it stands now, will largely be decided by the grassroots of our great party - the Branch and Constituency Executives who will also determine the fate of MPs in their next parliamentary primaries.’’

Read the full statement:

The attention of the Prof. Joshua Alabi Campaign Team has been drawn to a newspaper publication which suggests that about 94 Members of Parliament from the minority NDC, have endorsed one aspirant for the impending flagbearer race of the party.

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First of all, this development does not come to us as a surprise, especially when one considers the fact that most of these MPs were hitherto appointees in the last NDC government, with quite a number of them retiring from Parliament after 2020. We have always anticipated such a natural occurrence in the party.

However, we have not lost sight of the fact that the next flagbearer election as it stands now, will largely be decided by the grassroots of our great party - the Branch and Constituency Executives who will also determine the fate of MPs in their next parliamentary primaries. The NDC has presence in all 275 constituencies in Ghana, many of whom have fully embraced Prof.

Joshua Alabi's cardinal message of putting the grassroots at the centre of governance thereby bridging the yawning gap between the party and government.

The soul and strength of the great NDC party is vested in the Branch and Constituency Executives who wield the real power and we shall continue to touch base with them. In line with the Prof. Joshua Alabi Team's philosophy, a strong NDC depends on stronger branches and constituencies; and we wish to assure the rank and file of the party, supporters and well wishers of our resolve to entrench grassroots recognition and participation in the decision making process of our party as opposed to the top-to-bottom approach.

We salute all grassroots of our great party even as we continue to work together for an NDC victory in the 2020 elections led by Prof. Joshua Alabi

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