Politics of Tue, 28 Aug 201843
NDC want a flagbearer without a ‘corruption or incompetent tag’ – Spio-Garbrah
National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer hopeful, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah says delegates of the party do not want a leader who has the tendency of being called corrupt or incompetent.
“…it is time to get fresh, re-energized blood into the system for a new and improved NDC; people who can be sent to the battlefield, and in the case of the flagbearer, a person who cannot be accused by the NPP of being corrupt or incompetent, which were the two main charges that the NPP leveled against us,” Dr. Spio-Garbrah stated.
According to him, the needs of delegates have changed hence their call for a leader who will not be an easy target for their opponents come 2020.
“There is a strong wind of change blowing through the party; right from the grassroots. This wind of change within the NDC is saying that, yes some people have served us well, some four years, some eight years, some even more than that,” he said on the Sunrise Morning show on 3FM Tuesday.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah, who is among the about eight people who have so far declared to contest the flagbearership race, observed there is a changed mindset amongst the delegates, in terms of those they elect to be at the helm of affairs of the NDC.
According to him, the delegates do not want a repetition of what happened within their last administration which saw allegations of corruption, incompetence among others leveled against the party and its leadership.
“It is a problem and a factor, whether allegations were true or not is another matter. Whether I believe we were corrupt or not is another matter…no corruption charges as I know have yet been proven against most NDC leaders at the time,” he said.
The former Trade Minister under the John Mahama administration noted that his main focus as a flagbearer hopeful is on the delegates and what they want hence he is placing emphasis on their needs, and dedicating his time and attention to them.
He said the NDC ought to restructure and put certain measures in place to ensure that the party attains victory come 2020.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah said he was hopeful of getting the nod from the delegates and would work on the restructuring of the party to involve the grassroots and the foot soldiers in the mainstream of the party activities.