Politics of Saturday, 12 January 2019
The Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Daniel Mawuli Agbesi, has stated that he never said John Dramani Mahama, a flag bearer hopeful of the party thinks of himself.
The New Crusading guide in a story which was published on GhanaWeb stated that the former President John Dramani Mahama’s ongoing campaign tour of the Western Region is attracting flak as delegates complain that his message lacks the kind of focus that delegates are looking for.
“During Mr. Mahama’s days in office as President, the NDC party, its Founder and grassroots were neglected leading to the massive apathy that led to the party losing the 2016 election by over 900,000 votes,” the reads on.
The story further quoted Frank Somiah Andoh, a former director of elections and an executive member of Captain Ackah’s house branch who said the lack of those reassuring ingredients in Mr Mahama’s addresses during a stopover in the constituency has left many of the delegates disappointed and disarmed of the fervour that is needed for the 2020 election.
“Delegates in Prestea here were full of expectation for comforting reassurance that the neglect that they suffered under Mahama from 2012 to 2016 will not be repeated if he is made flagbearer again and subsequently voted into power. However, all that the former President did was to ask the delegates to rally up in support of him,” Mr. Somiah-Andoh said.
But Daniel Mawuli Agbesi in his statement said in a statement copied to GhanaWeb, the story was cooked by some individuals who just want to shift attention and focus on their agenda of seeking to win the 2020 general elections.
Read below the full press statement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
RE: MAHAMA ONLY THINKS OF HIMSELF- WESTERN REGION NDC DELEGATES:
My attention has been drawn to a story on Ghanaweb with the above heading dated 11th of Jan, 2019 of which my name was attached. I am by this statement disassociating my self from the above story which I strongly believe was plotted, calculated and orchestrated by some perpetrators just to tarnish my image.
As the matter of fact, as a constituency communication officer for the NDC, Mpohor, I was a member of the planning and organizing committee for the former president John Dramani Mahama’s campaign tour in my constituency ( Mpohor) which was held on Wednesday 9th January 2019. In fact, I played a very important role in the organisation of the program, I can state it authoritatively that nothing of such as reported by the Ghanaweb and other media happened.
The program was very successful as compared to any other program of such. Also, I am stating this categorically that I Daniel Mawuli Agbesi ( Constituency Communication officer for the Mpohor NDC) has never and ever in any way made such a statement.
So I am by this statement telling my party members, elders and colleagues to treat such story as false and believed were cooked by some individual (s) who just want to shift the attention and focused agenda which will ensure our victory come 2020.
I am finally by this statement humbly appealing to all my beloved members, executives and leaders of our great party NDC to stay united for the execution of the “agenda 2020”.
Daniel Mawuli Agbesi
(Communication Officer, Mpohor)
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