NEWS DESK REPORT
THE NATIONAL Democratic Congress (NDC) National Delegates Congress may have come and gone, but some say the event left a sour taste in the mouths of a cross-section of over 9,000 delegates who participated.
Rated to have been largely peaceful and successful, some of the low points are refusing to go away – the long-drawn voting process, the tragic lorry accident that some had to contend with, and last but not least, the blatant manipulation of the event programme which shone the spot lights on one flagbearer to the detriment of the other contenders.
Some delegates have, as a result, been reacting angrily not only to the shabby conditions under which they were subjected, but also at the false propaganda being carried out on some social media outlets to the effect that the Congress willy-nilly endorsed former President John Dramani Mahama as the flagbearer of the NDC.
“Nothing of that sort happened at the Congress,” they fumed.
Calls from some delegates, especially those from the Northern, Western, Central, Eastern, Volta and Greater Accra regions, have expressed surprise at the false publication that seems to suggest that their preferred candidates in the flag-bearer race were deliberately relegated to the background by the Organising Committee of the Congress.
“We hear that Alex Segbefia (Committee Chairman) has promised to investigate the shameless display of these negative tendencies … alien to our party’s tradition. We are waiting …” one very unhappy delegate fumed.
Unfortunately, the disjointed publications after the congress appear to be stoking the fires of popular discontent and might end up defeating the ‘Together We Win Election 2020’ theme of the Congress.
Some are seeking to pass off the exaggerated cheers of the former appointees of Mr Mahama who sat directly behind the dignitaries as an applause of Congress.
The obvious propaganda further seeks to cajole the unsuspecting public into believing that one aspirant has virtually been given the nod for the flag-bearer position of the party to contest the presidential elections in 2020, as the candidate.
Already in one region, which is considered an NDC stronghold, tracking studies by ASEPA show that as many as 65% of delegates are in favour of a new face as flag bearer; not to mention the other important dynamics of the past neglect of party structures at the grass roots as deciding factors.
Some of the delegates are therefore cautioning against the use of cheap and divisive propaganda by any media, for it could seriously undermine the efforts of the new national officers at creating a level playing field for the flag-bearer aspirants to contest for the vacant position.