The NDC Presidential race is gradually picking up as aspirants shift gear to beef up their campaign. Veteran politician, now 2nd deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumani Bagbin has appointed appointed former Information Minister, Fritz Baffour, as his Director of Campaign and Communications.
He officially announced this at a news conference in Accra on Monday, 15 October 2018.
Fritz Baffuor’s appointment has supprised those keenly monitoring the NDC flagbearer race especially because he recently accompanied another aspirant, former KMA Mayor, Kojo Bonsu to the residence of former President Jerry Rawlings to inform him of his intention.
Frittz who is a former MP for Ablekuma South in a brief statement said his action is not a betrayal of Kojo Bonsu and former President John Mahama.
According to him, his endorsement was not based on malice, adding that Mr Bagbin truly upholds the principles of the NDC, hence his decision to support him.
“At a certain time, I said I was not ready to support anybody and I have now made my choice and my choice is A.S.K. Bagbin,” he emphasized.
Mr Baffuor explained that he came onboard the previous NDC administration as a Member of Parliament, adding that it was the prerogative of a president to choose who he wants for any position.
He indicated that he was appointed as a minister by the late former President John Evans Atta Mills, “and at the end of my first term, a new team came into being”.
Mr Baffour pointed out at the press conference that some people thought he was peeved for not getting an appointment under Mr Mahama’s tenure.
He made it known that he chose to serve as MP for Ablekuma South to the best of his capacity.
To him, “It is not the question of turning my back on the previous president [Mr Mahama]”, adding: “He is someone I know and I respect and the fact that he is standing [for the flag bearer slot] is very much his right”.
Mr Baffour, who was also part of the team that followed Mr Bonsu to the office of former president Jerry John Rawlings to inform him of the football administrator’s intention to contest in the race, said Mr Bonsu is a friend who was already aware that he is helping Mr Bagbin.
“Kojo Bonsu and I have been friends dating back a long time and he knew that I was with A.S.K. Bagbin and he said if I could help him along and I said why not, it’s always a pleasure to see our leader and founder Jerry John Rawlings and it was a good opportunity to re-engage and meet with him. So, as I said, I am a member of the NDC and I went as a member of the NDC and I have not dumped him [Mr Bonsu],” he explained.