Sule Salifu Azaa-Namal pens down worrying situation that affects NDC in Binduri

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“Several party loyalists in Binduri have voiced concerns about the NDC’s diminishing chances of retaking the parliamentary seat from the NPP. This is primarily because some loyal party members have been suspended based on very suspicious and unconfirmed allegations made against them, primarily by their adversaries.

Since then, I’ve been wondering why our great party, the NDC, is losing elections while the NPP is winning them, which has kept me up at night. Others who wear glasses like me probably feel the same way about this growing trend. This fungus is wreaking havoc on our beloved party, and if nothing is done to stop it, we will soon find ourselves in a bind as a whole. It is time for everyone who sees this as a threat to us and cares about the party to get involved and help us identify the root causes of this canker. For your study, the results of our parliamentary elections over time are compared in the table below.

THE YEARS 1996–2000, 2004–2008, 2012–2016, 2020 NDC 10,704 12,174 9,797 8357 16,088 15,191 14,562 NPP 2,654 2,937 6,216 9,103 7,543 9,577 15,016 It is abundantly clear from the table that our adversaries saw a decrease in the number of votes cast for them only in 2012 in comparison to our own. We decreased by 12.7% in 2020, while they increased by 11.1%. In 2000 and 2012, our votes increased. If other people don’t see this trend, it worries me.

I have been asking myself these questions, but I have only received speculative responses. Where are we making mistakes? Could it come from any or all of these?

Unanimity within the party following the election of every executive and legislative primary: Without any figures to support this claim, my analysis of these issues reveals that, typically, attempts to unite the party following internal elections have not been “diligently handled,” as the Upper East disciplinary committee that suspended some party members captured. Particularly when the winner does not possess the necessary political maturity, diplomacy, or language.

For reasons that are only known to them, most of the time, the winners want to continue winning without involving the losers. They typically assume that the task at hand will be straightforward so that they can win on their own to further resent their rivals. After a defeat, they will only come to their senses and start blaming the people they didn’t seem important enough to bring on board. As can be seen on page 78 of the committee report, Mr. Ben Ndego told the parliamentary candidate that “the intransigence from him will cost his political career and when that happens, he should not blame anyone for his afflictions” prior to the 2020 elections. In point of fact, they only recover their composure after suffering defeat.

After each internal contest, we need to get together as a party to figure out how to regain unity and get everyone on board for a successful party campaign and victory. For our victory, everyone at the party is very important.

Poor campaign messages and some promises not kept: This, in my opinion, is one reason why our votes have decreased in each election. A clear example of what I’m referring to is when I compare our campaign message to that of the NPP in the 2020 election. To match their borehole drilling machine for constituents, what was our campaign message? What is his campaign to help farmers, particularly those who farm during the dry season? When we make promises during campaigns, the question is whether we always keep them when given the chance. It’s possible that your response to this question is similar to mine. We need to move away from using issues like the Bawku conflict or our candidate’s certificates as our main campaign message because people are becoming more discerning these days. In politics, issues involving bread and butter are what people want to hear right now. We should always have a team that meets with the parliamentary candidate, makes a plan, and delivers an appealing campaign message. I also believe that this will rekindle the interest of the voters.

PARTY FOOT SOLDIERS’ NEGLIGENCE: As a party, we must also consider this area of concern. Our national and constituency leaders frequently exhort people to perform sacrificial labor in order to assist the party in gaining power. The party doesn’t always think about these foot soldiers after granting their request and carrying out the necessary actions. They only consider themselves and their associates. How many of our foot soldiers have been recruited into our security forces by our party since 1996? How many of our party’s youth have received scholarships to further their education? How many contracts have our party given to youth groups? Are we implying that there are no contracts, scholarships, or recruitments? in Ghana during NDC rule? The sad thing about it all is that our opponents don’t ask for qualifications before hiring party boys for the youth employment program. A friend from NPP who hasn’t even finished JHS has been hired as a police officer through the youth employment program. Why are we so self-centered? We will all benefit more if we start thinking about how to deal with our foot soldiers sooner rather than later.

Our MPs and other government appointees’ lack of social intervention: It is abundantly clear that our MPs and other members of our constituency appointed by the government engage in fewer or no social interventions for our constituents. We are all observing our adversaries’ actions. loans to individuals prior to and even following elections, fertilizer for farmers. Giving GHS1000.00 to each village savings group, among other things. In 2006, we tried giving people loans for the first time, but nothing came of it after the elections. During campaigns, our party should not rely solely on our presidential candidate or on social intervention policies announced by the government. Other social intervention policies that have the potential to alter our people’s lives should also be on our minds.

A FEW FAMILIES OR INDIVIDUALS HIJACKING THE PARTY FOR THEIR OWN PROFITS: Similar to what I said earlier, our national, regional, and constituency leaders will soon tell us, “Let us sacrifice and work to bring the party into power.” When the sacrifice is made and we gain power, we forget that many people worked together to ensure the party’s success. My cries can’t be disproved by anyone in our party. Examine the manner in which the party awards contracts. Take a look at how the school feeding contracts were distributed. On the day of our campaign launch at Aniisi in 2016, when every polling station was given five coupons to take GHS5, I was so sad and disappointed as a member of the party. 00 fuel at Maxx Energy, and a person who was enjoying her seventh year of the school feeding contract was upset that she did not receive a coupon. Many people consider our leader’s attitude to be greedy, and they see no reason why many should suffer for a few to gain.

PARTY DISAPPEARING TO THE CHILDREN: When I try to get young people interested in our party, one of the main complaints I get is that; People they believed to be “Mugabe’s” have taken over our party. They always have the impression that these “Mugabes” won’t listen to them. They are also concerned about our party’s lack of youth-friendly policies. They always want to know how many young people our party has empowered or helped over time. The youth prefer the NPP to the NDC. In every corner of our constituency, it is written that the NPP is for young people and the NDC is for older people. We need to come up with ways to win over young people’s hearts for the party’s benefit in the years to come.

Failure to grow the party’s human resources: We cannot compare ourselves to our adversaries when it comes to developing party members’ human resources. We can all attest to this. They give out scholarships and pay for their members to go to college. They employ their employees. Our security personnel are recruited by them. In addition, they always organized comprehensive IT training for election monitors and collators. not only the IT instruction but also the materials’ quality. During the limited voter registration exercise that took place in the EC office in 2018, as a member of the party, I was extremely sad, disappointed, and astonished. As agents, people who couldn’t read or write were representing our party. They were carrying a pen and an exercise book with a picture of the MP, Hon. Kuganab, on the cover. I stood and considered whether our party was prepared to assume power in the 2020 elections. I only met our organizer as a party member who came to see how things were going during my several days of sending people there and getting guarantors to register them. This is our party’s attitude, and without it, the events of the 2020 election in the EC strong room would not have taken place. If we are to remain relevant and a better option for voters, let us attempt to build our members’ human resources.

I don’t want to be a prophet of doom, but it’s obvious everywhere in Binduri that it’s even looking very bad now. If we don’t sit up and work toward real unity in the party, we will be heading for the ditches and a bigger disgrace awaits us in the 2024 parliamentary elections. Look how poorly we performed against the NPP in the 2020 parliamentary elections. We require unity in Binduri, so bring back our lost comrades.