Seven persons have currently declared their intention of contesting the flagbearership of the NDC.
The flagbearership race in the NDC has become fierce, with about seven persons currently declaring their intention to lead the party in the 2020 elections.
The likes of former President John Dramani Mahama, former boss of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, former Vice-Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi and former trades and Industry Minister, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah, are all in the race to become the party’s flagbearer.
However, Mr. Bagbin, who has also declared his intention of contesting, believes competition should not lead to division in the NDC.
Speaking at a mini-rally at Asawasein the Ashanti region Saturday, he urged members of the party to put behind their differences and support whoever is voted flagbearer.
“The problems challenging Ghana, the problems challenging the NDC, the problems challenging the Asawase constituency are not for the faint-hearted. We need bold, courageous leadership to be able to solve the problems. What we are doing now in trying to reorganize the party is a family matter. We want everybody onboard. We want everybody to show love and loyalty to the NDC,” the Nadowli West MP said.
“Competition is the spirit of democracy and so wherever there is competition, it’s a show of how competent or how better you are than your opponent. It is not a time for war; it is not a time for insults.
"This is the time you have to show commitment to the vision. And so whatever is happening in NDC should not discourage any persons, it’s a family contest. And I’m assuring you that whoever is elected the parliamentary candidate, the presidential candidate, we all have to give our 100% support to that person,” he added.
Mr. Bagbin described the 2020 elections as a “must win” for the NDC, whiles accusing the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of winning power through lies.
According to him, the government has continuously thrown dust into the eyes of Ghanaians since winning power in 2016.
“Politics is service to the people, if you deceive the people to win power it is like pregnancy, tomorrow it is the lies that will lead to your downfall. So I want to appeal to all of you in politics to let truth prevail. If you are leading people and the people don’t trust you, there is nowhere you can develop the people because leaders themselves don’t produce, it is the followers who work and produce,” he asserted.