Politics of Wed, 14 Dec 201631
We won’t resign - Kofi Adams tells NDC supporters
The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has stated no executive member of the party will abdicate his or her post following the party’s embarrassing defeat in last week’s polls.
According to him, even though, the party’s leadership had been in excruciating pain since the declaration of the results of the presidential and parliamentary polls, held on December 7, 2016 none of its constituents will be cowed into resigning.
President Mahama and the governing NDC were defeated in last week’s presidential and parliamentary polls by the NPP led by Nana Akufo-Addo.
The NPP trashed the ruling party by about one million votes and also won majority of the parliamentary seats.
Akufo-Addo polled 5,716,026 votes representing 53.85% in the 2016 elections to give him an edge over the ruling National Democratic Congress leader Mahama, who garnered 4,713,277 votes representing 44.40% of the total votes.
Following the declaration of Akufo-Addo as Ghana’s president-elect by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei on December 9, 2016, some members of the NDC went berserk, accusing their executives of complacency.
They thus called for their immediate overhaul.
But speaking on Wednesday, in an interview on Morning Starr, Mr. Adams who was the campaign coordinator of the John Mahama re-election bid rubbished such calls as unnecessary and that they were as a result of pain of loss.
“If the entire National Executives resign then who’ll be running the affairs of the party from now till you conduct [internal elections] and who’ll be conducting the elections right from supervising the process from the branch all the way up,” he quizzed.
“…This is why I’m saying some of the solutions or suggestions are out of pain of a defeat but not really based on any sound reasons,” he added.
He continued that “In any case the party that just won an election, they lost an election also - Peter Mac Manu who [is] the campaign manager for this election was the chairman when they lost the elections in 2008.
“But the NPP did not say that because he was chairman and they lost elections he was not qualified to be a manager. They made him a campaign manager [and now] they have won an elections. So what is our people talking about?
“Is it not the same set of executives with just a few additions that won us [NDC] the 2008 and the 2012 elections? At that time they were not failures because they won. They were celebrated. And so today because victory did not smile at us so all these executives, whom have all sacrificed…[to give] us victory from opposition and maintained victory in 2012 all of sudden have become show bag. Let’s think back and forward before we push some of these agenda.”