Lawyer Charles Baba-Dua, a contestant in the primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Bongo Constituency, has raised concerns about the absence of a party office in the area despite the party’s consistent victories in parliamentary elections since 1992.
In an interview with A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East, he lamented the party’s office and how it’s affecting the activities of the party in the constituency. Adding to that, they had to present their nomination forms in a store without lights, which served as an office.
“It’s a pity that as we speak, the NDC, which has won parliamentary elections in Bongo since 1992, does not have a party office in the Bongo Constituency. I recall the last time we went to file our nomination papers; we were housed in a store that had no lights.”
Baba-Dua contrasted the situation in Bongo with other constituencies in the Upper East Region where the NDC had established party offices. He noted that the lack of a party office was making it difficult to organise the party and accused party leaders of neglecting their responsibilities.
“If you go to Zuarungu, the MP has ensured that there is a party office, which is now even used as the regional office. If you go to Nabdam, the MP has ensured that there is a party office. And in these constituencies, the NDC has had occasions where it has lost the elections; that cannot be said of Bongo. So why is that not a priority? Why should a party that should be well established not have a party office?” he queried.
Baba-Dua also criticised the lack of leadership in the party and accused party leaders and MPs, both present and past, of failing to prioritise the needs of the constituency. He noted that the NPP had put up pavilions and organised events in the area, while the NDC had failed to match these efforts.
“You see, the lack of a party office is making it difficult to organise the party. If you go around the constituency, the NPP has put up pavilions—things they call parliament. Well organised ones. That cannot be said for the NDC. So, where’s the leadership?” he asked.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana