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I’m afraid the intense tiffing could spell doom for NDC!

How true and sensible of our elders' proverbial expression that the full length of a frog is known only after its demise?

Indeed, the truth is more likely to resurrect no matter how deep the grave.

Somehow, the truth has resurfaced in the NDC Party following years of needless secrecy.

Verily, I never dreamt that I will live to witness the sort of deep cleavages within the New Democratic Congress (NDC), as the party apparatchiks made us to believe that all was well with the party.

But there you go. The never ending tiffing within the NDC Party tells a different story, diametrical to what the NDC faithful sought to portray all along.

In fact, until their recent friction, we were made to believe that conflict is not synonymous with the NDC Party.

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Unfortunately, however, the signs are already on the walls: the ongoing bickering could spell doom for the NDC Party, so to speak.

Well, whichever way you may view the ongoing confusion, we definitely need the NDC Party in our democratic dispensation, in spite of their maladaptive governance and ineffective opposition.

Apparently, the NDC faithfuls have been living in a denial all this while.

The fact however is: they managed to sweep the insidious conflict under the carpet until their 2016 humiliating election defeat.

Indeed, the humiliating 2016 election defeat resurrected the hidden, albeit pernicious conflict.

Background

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Subsequent to their humiliating 2016 election loss, there have been corruption accusations and counter accusations.

It all started with the founder of the NDC Party, former President Rawlings, who has been consistently accusing the leadership of the NDC Party as the most corrupt in Ghana’s political history.

The sensational exposition unsurprisingly infuriated the brassbound NDC faithful, who discourteously and uncharacteristically decided to revenge by tearing their founder, former President Rawlings into shreds.

It would, however, appear as an illustrative cliché of ‘it takes one to know one’ or ‘birds of the same feather flock together’.

In retrospect, the shock of the 2016 election defeat and the ensuing hue and cry prompted the leadership of the NDC Party to set up a Fact-finding Committee to unravel the otherwise widely known reasons.

Of course, back then, the NDC’s election defeat Facts finding Committee seemed extremely puzzling to many discerning Ghanaians, given the unpardonable incompetence, corruption and shenanigans they exhibited throughout their tenure in office which invariably caused their humiliating election loss.

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So one wondered what more evidence they wanted to find about their 2016 election defeat.

Anyway, no matter how baffling it seemed at the time, they were within their right to go out there and conduct their Fact -finding.

After a few months of painstaking investigations, the Committee nonetheless produced a damning report.

The Committee has however beseeched the NDC Party to address the divisions in the party, especially among the party apparatchiks, the party’s internal biometric registration of members, the licentious electioneering campaign, diversion of campaign cash and materials, public perception of corruption and complacency among others.

Interestingly, however, the vineyard news and other sources have it that the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Election Fact-finding Committee’s report has indicted a number of NDC stalwarts, including former President Mahama.

The sources have it that former President Mahama contributed largely to the NDC’s 2016 humiliating election defeat.

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Apparently, there are those who share the Fact-finding Committee’s report that Ex-President Mahama’s woeful errors in judgement and the gargantuan corruptions accounted for the NDC’s 2016 election loss.

However, the die-hard supporters of Ex-President Mahama do not accept such a view point and have vowed to bring back Mahama as the flagbearer for the 2020 election.

In fact, some of the alleged conspiratorial plotters have vowed to move heaven and earth to clear their name, even if their actions could disintegrate the party.

Take, for example, the Eastern Regional Chairman of the NDC Party who is being alleged to have pocketed close to GH1 million of the NDC’s 2016 electioneering campaign funds threatening to seek justice at the law court.

And prior to the aggrieved Eastern Regional Chairman’s threats, the former Information Minister of the erstwhile NDC government had allegedly requested his legal advisers to request a copy of the Kwesi Botchway’s report to ascertain the veracity of the rumours that he had kept over two hundred vehicles which were supposed to be distributed to the media personnel.

Columnist: K. Badu

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