Politics of Fri, 10 Aug 201834
NDC sitting on time bomb - Former NPP MP
Former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Kwabre East in the Ashanti Region, Kofi Frimpong, has warned the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to brace itself for serious ‘cracks’ in the party as it goes to elect regional and national executives members as well as a flagbearer ahead of the 2020 general elections.
He said the recent clash between supporters of two aspirants for the Ashanti regional chairmanship position in the Kwabre East constituency of the Ashanti Region is a clear indication that the NDC sits on a ‘time bomb’ for a possible disintegration.
According to the former MP who is now the Executive Director of the Social Investment Fund, the NDC members should rather focus their energies on the seeming divisions in the party instead of criticizing unnecessarily the NPP government which is bent on delivering on its manifesto promises to the Ghanaian populace.
“The NDC has a big problem. Look at the number of people who have expressed interest in contesting the former President John Mahama who was badly defeated by Nana Akufo-Addo,” he said, adding “now the NDC MPs are even fighting amongst themselves as to which candidate they should support to win the flagbearership race. There are four other candidates in the persons of Prof Joshua Alabi, Alban Bagbin, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Sylvester Mensah, who have declared their intentions to contest Mahama.”
Mr Kofi Frimpong who was speaking to DAILY GUIDE said when Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings decided to contest former President John Atta Mills in 2011 for the flagbearership race of the party, it resulted in sharp divisions in the party with the formation of Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (FONKAR) and Get Atta Mills Elected (GAME).
The serious antagonism and name-calling resulted in the Nana Konadu faction (FONKAR) which broke away to form the National Democratic Party (NDP) led by Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.
According to the former NPP MP, NDC would experience more divisions and breakaways this time round with four strong candidates declaring their intentions to contest former president John Mahama.
“My only advice is for the NDC to look at the way to mend their party after all these internal elections and stop the unnecessary noise-making to allow Nana Akufo-Addo who has all the good intentions for the country to deliver on his mandate and bring prosperity to Ghanaians,” the former MP exhorted.