Asiedu Nketia Urges NDC to Focus on Winning Election, Not Positions

NDC chairman warns party members against premature jostling for positions in potential Mahama administration, urges focus on securing electoral victory first. Mahama also cautions against pre-election position-seeking, emphasizing unity and commitment to winning 2024 polls.

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Asiedu Nketia Urges NDC to Focus on Winning Election, Not Positions

Asiedu Nketia Urges NDC to Focus on Winning Election, Not Positions

Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has cautioned party members against prematurely vying for positions in a potential John Mahama administration ahead of the 2024 general election.

Speaking during the announcement of Mahama's running mate, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, in Accra on Wednesday, Asiedu Nketia emphasized the importance of focusing on securing electoral victory rather than internal disputes over appointments.

The NDC Chairman expressed concern that some leading members of the party are already positioning themselves as 'kingmakers' who will determine appointments in the next government. He warned that such behavior could dampen the enthusiasm and spirit of the party's followers, urging members to prioritize the goal of capturing political power. "I want to advise the party to do the 'hunting' first, and then we can discuss the sharing of the meat," Asiedu Nketia stated.

Despite favorable polling positions suggesting an NDC victory in the upcoming election, Asiedu Nketia cautioned against complacency. He stressed that the electoral journey is ongoing and that victory is not yet guaranteed, emphasizing the need for vigilance and commitment until the final results are achieved. The Chairman also acknowledged the significant financial resources of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), which could be used to influence voters, and called on the NDC to defeat them based on principles, integrity, and honesty.

Why this matters: The NDC's internal unity and focus on the election campaign will be crucial factors in their bid to unseat the incumbent NPP government. As Ghana grapples with economic challenges, the outcome of the 2024 election will have significant implications for the country's future direction and policies.

Mahama, the NDC's flagbearer, also addressed the issue, stating that those vying for positions before the elections would be disappointed, as he does not have a predetermined list of appointments. The party's leadership is working to maintain a united front and channel their efforts towards securing a convincing victory in the 2024 polls, with the hope of forming the next government and implementing their agenda for the nation.

Key Takeaways

  • NDC chair warns members against premature vying for positions in potential Mahama admin
  • Cautions against internal disputes, urges focus on securing electoral victory first
  • Expresses concern over members positioning as 'kingmakers' to determine appointments
  • Acknowledges NPP's financial resources, calls for NDC to win on principles and integrity
  • Mahama says those vying for positions before election will be disappointed, no predetermined list