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Rawlings, other NDC bigwigs absent at 2020 manifesto launch

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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Monday, September 7, 2020, launched its “People’s Manifesto”, touting it as a better alternative to that of the governing New Patriotic Party.

The well-organised and successful event brought together many power brokers within the party to the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA Hall), but also absent were some equally influential personalities within the party.

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Founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings; a former head of Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Presidency, Dr Tony Aidoo; former Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Kwabena Duffuor; the Ahwoi brothers – Kwamena Ahwoi, Kwesi Ahwoi and Ato Ahwoi, who are famed as masterminds of big shifts within the party – were among the notable names absent at the manifesto launch.

With general elections just three months away, the NDC is keen on rallying the rank and file of the party to forge a united front that will secure victory in the race to the Jubilee/Flagstaff House on December 7, 2020.

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For a party and a presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, that lost the last election due to divisions within the party, the need to present a united front is paramount if victory is to be assured.

According to a committee led by Dr Kwesi Botchwey, a former Finance Minister and a respected member of the party, to find out why then governing NDC lost the December 7, 2016, general election to then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), issues like divisions within the party – especially among the top echelon – were mentioned as among the reasons for the defeat.

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Although factors such as the party’s internal biometric registration of members, profligate campaign, diversion of campaign cash and materials, public perception of corruption and complacency among others, were also cited as some of the major causes of the party’s defeat, the issue of the division within the party remained prominent.


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