The Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency in the Upper West Region, Mr. Alban Sumani Bagbin was conspicuously missing at the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Unity walk, which took place over the weekend at Wa.
The longest serving legislator in Ghana, who has expressed his interest to lead NDC in the 2020 elections was not seen in Wa, even though some of his supporters were seen wearing T-shirts with inscription – “Bagbin 2020.”
Information picked up by The Chronicle indicates that a seven-man delegation led by Dr Seidu Godfrey were sent to Accra by the local organising committee of the ‘Unity Walk’ to meet NDC MPs from the Upper West, to officially inform them about the walk and the need to mobilise supporters from their constituencies to participate.
Unfortunately, Bagbin was not one of the MPs the delegation met, when they arrived in Accra, though he was duly informed.
The Chronicle was also told that the Unity Walk was fixed for March 24, 2018, but after meeting with the MPs, they settled on the new date of April 7.
This reporter was further informed that after a new date had been set for the walk in Wa, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament was again informed.
Despite being informed, Mr Bagbin and some of the presidential hopefuls were still absent.
The Chronicle, however, gathered from deep throat sources that the Nadoli-Kaleo MP was in Burkina Faso on the day the Unity Walk took place. He was reportedly on an official assignment.
Some party supporters expressed disappointment at the absence of Bagbin at the unity walk, because he is a well respected and the oldest Parliamentarian in the Upper West region.
Addressing the crowd that took part in the exercise, former President John Mahama reminded the people that: “We are all one family and so even if you are contesting with somebody for constituency, branch or regional elections, just say what can do and convince the electorate to vote for you; but do not use injurious words on your colleague, because after you have won, you would need that person to join you to be able to achieve the objective for which you were elected and that is why we must be very careful.”
Mr. John Mahama further told the crowd that, with the emergence of social media, unpalatable words uttered by a person will live to haunt him or her in future.
He also dismissed suggestion by President Akufo-Addo that the NDC was seeking to destabilise the country, following the backlash over the military cooperation agreement with the United States. According to him, NDC was more committed to democracy than its opponents.
“It is a democratic party…indeed we mid-wife this Constitution that led to the Fourth Republic, so we are more committed to the Fourth Republic than any other political party in the country.
“We don’t support the truncation of our current democracy in any way. If somebody said it, he might have said it in a certain context. Not that he or we had any intention to truncate the mandate given to the NPP,” he said.
The General Secretary for the opposition party, Mr. Asiedu Nketia, aka General Mosquito, on his part announced that the first step towards 2020 elections was the branch elections which start next week.
He appealed to the supporters to bear with the temporary break in the constituency registration.
General Mosquito explained that if one loses the elections, it does not mean the person is irrelevant.
“You can engage in a mission to send the elephant back to the bush. You do not need a title to be able to play your part in the NDC,” he said.