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Stop blaming Mahama; He worked harder than all of us - Adu Asare

Former NDC Presidential Staffer, Kojo Adu Asare has called for order to be restored in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Hon. Adu Asare appealed to the leadership of the party to cease fire and stop washing their party's dirty linen publicly.

To him, the rising tumult in the NDC is not a novelty since every party goes through storms but he asked the leaders, particularly former NDC National Chairman Kwabena Agyei, to remain calm and direct their grievances through appropriate channels of the party.

After few months in opposition, the opposition NDC has turned turbulent with leading members accusing each other of contributing to the defeat of the party in last year's elections.

The agitations begun from the grassroots with members and sympathizers of the party blaming national, regional and district party executives for wasting money, which was meant for campaign.

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With the grassroots protesting the party leaders, some kingpins are also blaming former President John Dramani Mahama for the party's defeat.

Speaking to these issues on Peace FM's morning show 'Kokrokoo', Hon. Adu Asare noted that former President John Mahama cannot be blamed for the defeat of the party.

According to him, he doesn't know any one person in the NDC who worked harder to clinch victory for the party in the 2016 elections more than the former President.

"From morning to dawn, the number of days he (Mahama) spent in the hinterlands campaigning . . . I don’t know any one person who can state firmly that he/she worked more than John Mahama.”

Hon. Adu Asare further stated emphatically that the party's loss of power "affected him (Mahama) more than anybody else. So, it will be hard for us to turn our mouths on him. Of course, he’s the Head."

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He told host Kwami Sefa Kayi that all the executives and members of the party should share the blame because they all contributed to the defeat.

Kojo Adu Asare asked the party leaders to stop pointing fingers at the former President, saying "I, Kojo Adu Asare, is part of it. Every NDC member – over 5 million members, supporters, sympathizers – we’re all to share the blame . . . Nobody should point any guns on anybody. We’re in it together . . . It’s just a storm in a tea cup.”

He urged the leadership and members to address the concerns by subjecting themselves to the structures put in place by the party to resolve conflicts.

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