General News of Sunday, 18 November 2018
A former National Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says the delegates who voted him out in 2014 have regretted.
According to him, the party fortunes took a nosedive after he was voted out of office.
Boateng Gyan said they voted against him in favour of Kofi Adams and the results of that action have impacted negatively on the party.
Speaking to Joy News’ Kwesi Parker at the ongoing 9th National NDC Congress at the Fantasy Dome inside the International Trade Fair Center in Accra on Sunday, he said it is only right that he is voted back to the office.
“We are now in opposition, but [when I lost] we were in power and people thought all was rosy…for somebody who had done it in 2008 and 2012 and wants to come back to exhibit his skills, why won’t they allow me,” he said.
According to him, the executives did a poor job in with the Congress and it is time they consider amending the system.
“The whole system has been chaotic and you can see what is happening…people who are afar who were supposed to have cast their ballot early enough are still around while those who are living here like Greater Accra, Central and Western have just left.
“People are complaining and I don’t think that is good. The arrangement wasn’t good enough,” which clearly shows a poor organization.
He said people have travelled all over the country to serve in the interest of the party and to be subjected to long delays in the voting process was unacceptable.
“When you treat them this way, they go away with a different perception of the party. Next time they need to be treated well,” he added.
He said he had earlier suggested the congress be held on a regional basis and even the last President, John Evans Atta Mills, agreed to this suggestion.
Mr Gyan said in 2016, the party had problems with the collation of results but organisers seem not have learnt from that experience.
“If these things were conducted at the regional basis, see how the whole country will have been reporting on the process of voting and results coming in from the various regions,” he explained.
He explained that the argument that some aspirants will know the regions which voted against them and tag them, it would rather make aspirants curious to know what they did wrong.
“You need to find out why they voted against you then, of course, you will amend your ways…they need to heed to the advice that we gave them. What has happened now will teach is a lesson so that next time we may draw nearer to some of these suggestions,” he said.
According to him, he will definitely push forward such suggestions when he wins his National Organiser position.