A member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Kukubor, has charged the party’s Council of elders to take “swift action” against some ten regional Chairmen who have endorsed the candidature of John Dramani Mahama for election 2020 even before campaigning officially starts.
The ten regional chairmen after a meeting on Thursday, November 9, 2017, issued a communique in which they urged the former President to consider running for the 2020 polls.
The brief statement did not give further details as to why they were making the call.
They also urged him to embark on a “Thank you” tour of the country although belated, to thank party loyalists for their support during the December 2016 polls.
Mr. Kukubor in the statement however wondered why the ten regional chairmen took such a move when “NEC had decided and instructed that nobody especially in line with the constitution should openly declare or endorse any Presidential candidate.”
Mr. Kukobor , who believes the decision by the chairmen amounts to gross indiscipline has therefore asked the Council to act immediately.
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Meanwhile the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the party has warned members of the party seeking to contest for various offices in its upcoming polls in 2018, to desist from vilifying other potential candidates. The FEC also reminded party faithfuls that “internal electoral processes that allow members to engage in campaign and other political activities had not yet been officially launched.”
Below is the statement from Mr. Kukobor:
The Indiscipline of 10 Regional Chairmen
Every Regional Chairman is a member of the National Executive Committee, NEC. NEC has decided and instructed that nobody especially in line with the constitution should openly declare or endorse any Presidential candidate. NEC further subscribed to the programmes outlined towards the reorganization of which the Secretariat is in the process of releasing a press to that effect.
Secondly, the Council of Elders in line with the recommended implementation programmes, announced Mr. Kwame Peprah as the head of the Monitoring group of the registration of party members.
Before the secratariat could release a press, Regional Chairmen who are also members of NEC, the very decision making body that they belong to, went on air to undermine the very authority they expect members to submit to, disrespecting the office of the Chairman and Leader of the Party, and attempting to derail the work of the Council of Elders.
If money is not the motivation, let these Regional Chairmen come to explain this indiscipline attitude.
I strongly urge and plead that the members of the Council of Elders meet immediately to take swift action on this gross indiscipline of Party Chairmen if they want to see this great party survive into the far future.