Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin has labeled former President John Dramani Mahamaâ€™s administration as an â€œAnimal farmâ€ government.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament claimed that in his â€˜Animal Farm,â€™ administration, â€˜monkeys were working, while baboons chopped.â€™
â€œThat is why you had unknown people appearing from nowhere and getting top appointments. While people like you and other Executives who had toiled for the party had been ignored.
Mr Bagbin an NDC 2020 flagbearer hopeful made these statements during a meeting with communicators of the party at his Job 600 office complex at Parliament House.
The party communicators who met the flagbearer hopeful instigated the revelations when they questioned why they should support the candidature of Bagbin when he finally files his nomination.
In their estimation, they had toiled in the recent past to get former President Mahama into office, but when he became President, they were neglected.
Most of them lamented that they were jobless and impoverished from neglect from their own party for eight years and asked why they should commit to help any other flagbearer hopeful for the party.
Mr Bagbin, who has promised to do things differently from former President Mahama explained that former President Mahama appointed outsiders into his government because he was not familiar with true party people.
According to him, the former Presidentâ€™s unfamiliarity with true party loyalist was due to the fact that unlike everyone else, President Mahama had not gone through the mills as a party member.
He said in 2004, while, he was Minority Leader, he had to make time to campaign for Mahama in his constituency where the NDC Presidential votes in the Parliamentary elections had been diminishing because he was not in touch with the grassroots.
He said he knew all party true-bloods who continued to sacrifice for the party and therefore, deserved to be rewarded appropriately.
â€œIt is not for nothing that I have said I will make the party the fulcrum of my administration, if I am elected flagbearer and eventually win to become the President, I know our people and respect their efforts,â€ Mr Bagbin said.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament however reminded the communicators that he had nothing against Mr Mahama and pointed out that following the untimely death of late President Mills in office in 2012, he Bagbin was one of the people who lobbied to ensure that the former President, who was then Vice to President Mills, was allowed to go unopposed as Flagbearer.
He added that former President Mahamaâ€™s sudden elevation to the Vice Presidency had resulted from efforts from people within the party, including himself and the time had come for a paradigm shift in the party.
He said former President Mahamaâ€™s administration neglected party faithful, leading to pain amongst members and even the founders and leaders.
Mr Bagbin said he was rich experience, having served as Minority and Majority Leader, through which he also served as member of the NDCâ€™s Functional Executive Committee, National Executive Committee and Council of Elders.
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