Speaking on Citi TV’s ‘Big Issue’ Saturday, Mr. Samoa Addo was confident that the ‘attractiveness’ the party has built for itself in recent times, coupled with the exuberant crop of leaders the grassroot members have so far endorsed at the various levels will yield great results for the party and simultaneously, ‘end’ the reign of the ruling government in the 2020 polls.
“The NDC didn’t use to attract the middle class; lecturers, lawyers and accountants, it was more of ordinary people, more of my colleague lawyers would prefer to identify themselves as NPP people than NDC people but that has changed, now we wear our badge with pride. It’s no longer hiding behind the scene and advocating from the shadows, you can see that they have taken up positions and are leading the party in terms of position now. The party has become very very attractive. That is a big plus because now there are lots of new ideas, there’s a lot of new energy, and we are going back and trying to learn from our mistakes”, he stated.
“What were the major problems that caused the defeat in 2016? And if you look across, the biggest issue was the disconnect between the party and the government and you could realise that when President Mahama went round and the other leaders campaigning for other positions. We’ve never had it that way where the higher ups of the party will actually go round and campaign for their lives in respect of the regional and national executive positions. It’s always been the case at the flagbearership level but not at the branch levels”.
“I can understand the panic and fear in the NPP because if after beating us with so called 1 million votes, this is not a party that has gone into comatose, this is a party that has bounced back, is energized, a party that has people who are ready to sacrifice and ensure that the party comes back to power, then they must be in trouble, he further added.
Touching on the recently held delegates congress, he said competent executives were elected by grassroot members with the assurance and hope that they perfectly met out their duties and fight to bring back the party in 2020.
“It’s a realization that the grassroots have taken back their party, that the grassroots have decided to have a say in who leads them, and what will happen when we are in power. This was a grassroots revolution, they elected a chairman who they believe will deliver whatever it is they have said they will to the Professor. Botchwey Committee, we have elected executives we feel understand the charge that has been given to them, the charge is very simple; win 2020, that is the mandate, and ensure that the grassroots voice is heard”, he said.