Views: 818 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, 4. 17pm, Monday, 19 March 2018 Bagbin has called for fairness as flagbearership race for the National Democrati...
Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, 4. 17pm, Monday, 19 March 2018
Bagbin has called for fairness as flagbearership race for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) builds up heat.
“In paradigms of social democracy we do not discriminate,” he stressed.
One, first to declare his intension to run for the flagbearer of the biggest opposition party, ahead of the general elections in year 2020, Hon. Alban Bagbin when asked, said it was “bias and stereotype” reinforcement if anyone thought that the North had had its fair share of power table turn.
He said there were three regions in the North; Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions and it was wrong for anyone to box them as one, and “in any case, if the three regions were considered as a homogeneous unit what about the South?” where about eight presidents of the country had come from whether through the NDC or the New Patriotic Party (NPP) against only two from the North.
To this point, he said in specificity, within the NDC as a party, the North, South gab in terms of number of either Presidents or Vice Presidents was nothing different.
He went on that by practice, any time the table of power turned to an area, it remained there until eight years, and that President Atta Mills from the Central Region, for death, would have stayed in office for eight years, and even with that Mr. Amissah-Arthur from the same Central Region was brought in to Vice the then Former President John Mahama who was sworn into office per the constitutional provision as the President.
He said until recently, the Central and Western Regions were considered as a unit and both were referred to as the “Western,” and per that those areas could have been considered to have had their share of the power turn through both the Late President Atta Mills and Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and yet Ekwow Spio-Garbrah from the same area was in the race for the presidential flagbearer of the party ahead of election 2020.
He furthered that it was not different for the representation of Volta and Ashanti Regions with Former President Jerry John Rawlings and his Vice, Mr. Kow Nkensen Arkaah.
But that it was unfortunate Former president John Mahama had made only four instead of eight years.
“This is one of the things that I want to resolve—we must also do our eight years. And by constitutional provision I have eight years to push development to everywhere in the country because it does not make sense for the party to invest in Mahama for only four years and to be looking for another candidate by then the party might needlessly lose power.”