The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed surprise at the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) excessive enthusiasm and interest in the NDC’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries. According to Jonathan Abdallah Salifu, the Upper East Regional Communication Officer of the NDC, the NPP’s heightened interest in the NDC’s affairs is a diversionary tactic to distract Ghanaians from more critical and controversial national issues and the government’s failures.
During an interview with Mark Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show, Salifu explained that the NPP’s actions were a deliberate attempt to divert attention from pressing national matters, such as the economy, security, and infrastructure, among others.
“It is a fact that whatever is happening in the NDC should be of concern to the NPP, and vice versa. You wish that the election doesn’t come on. You wish that the election was marred by controversy. They think that it is probably taking away the pressure that was on the government with regard to some issues. It is about controlling communication narrative. From Monday or Tuesday to date, nobody is talking about Professor Frimpong Boateng’s galamsey report. Nobody is talking about inflation, even though it has dropped to 42. Nobody is talking about the fact that some banks are likely to collapse, but we are talking about the NDC. That is what they want. Even if they are not [fueling a communication agenda] against the party, they are happy it is happening. That is why they are commenting on it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional Communications Director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Ayinbisa, has admitted that it was wrong for regional chairmen of the party to, before the national executive election, endorse John Boadu, the then General Secretary.
In the same vein, Mr. Ayinbisa believes it is wrong for the National, Regional and Constituency Executives of the NDC to openly endorse the former President, John Dramani Mahama, and name him the presumptive flagbearer of the party when elections have not been conducted.
The Upper East Regional Communication Director explained that the situation doesn’t foster a safe, free, and fair environment for the other flagbearer contestants.
Mr. Aynibisa said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show with Mark Smith.
“The way the regional executives and the national executives have all declared support for John Mahama. Who does that? They are supposed to be the referees,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana