Hundreds of supporters of the National Democratic Congress, NDC on Saturday embarked on health walk as a move to unite the party.
Supporters from the Tamale Central, Tamale South, Tamale North and the Sagnarigu constituencies in the Northern Region marched through some principal streets of Tamale amidst drumming and dancing and latter converged at the KuliKuli school park in Tamale.
The Unity Walk was to kick start the national unity and reorganization process of the NDC to get the party in readiness for the 2020 general elections and it will take place in all the other regions in the country beginning from Tamale, the Northern Regional capital.
It is being spearheaded by the former Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Kumasi (KMA) Kojo Bonsu and Joshua Akamba, a stalwart of the party.
Those present include the immediate past president, John Dramani Mahama, the General Secretary of the party Johnson Aseidu Nketia, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu , Former Chief of Staff, Julius Debra and MPs’ for Tamale Central, Inusa Fuseini Sagnerilugu A B A Fuseini among others.
Addressing the gathering, former President John Mahama, said the time of blame game is over and what the party need is to back to the drawing board and recapture power.
Adding that, it is time for all supporters of the NDC to bury their differences after the party’s defeat in the 2016 election and come together as one family and plan ahead for the 2020 general elections.
Former President Mahama said the time has come for all party faithfuls to come together to build the NDC into a formidable opposition party to put the government on its toes for the benefit of all Ghanaians.
According to Mr. Mahama, two things that must engaged the attention of the party for now was the need for us to reorganize, re-strategies, and analysis for the 2020 general elections.
He said it was God who made the NDC to step aside for Ghanaians to know who was being truthful and sincere to them based on the current happenings in the country.
“If the NDC had won the 2016 general elections, Ghanaians would have said if it was Akufo-Addo who had won the elections there would have been reduction in fuel prices, electricity tariffs, general improvement in the economy and jobs for the youth but now what are we seeing so it was good for the NDC to be out of power for Ghanaians to know who was truthful and sincere to them”, he stated.
He commended the minority group in parliament for their hard work so far, saying that even though they are few they have been able to put the government on its toes and urged them to continue for the good of all Ghanaians.
The General Secretary of the Party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia reiterated that the focus of the party now is to unite for reorganization of the party and it is not about who is going to be the Presidential candidate of the party for the 2020 elections.
Mr. Aseidu Nketia commended the supporters for coming out in their numbers.
He said the march was not to in introduce any one to them rather to unite them.
He therefore urged all party supporters to close their ranks and work together to get the party into a formidable election machine.
Mr. Nketia said when the NDC was criticizing the NPP government over its performance for the 110days in office, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia was saying that six months in office was not enough to access a government “so now was it logic for the NPP to come and tout about its achievements within the 110 days” he questioned.
He therefore urged Dr. Bawumia to come to the party school establish by the NDC to learn logic.
The Minority Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu repeated the party’s position on the free Senior High School (SHS) education policy by the NPP government, saying the minority will not allow the NPP to toy with the lives of Ghanaian children with its experimental policy on second cycle education in the country which was not sustainable and it was going to destroy the future of the country.
According to him, the NDC’s progressively free SHS was to ensure that there was infrastructure and all other logistics in place before the takeoff than the free SHS now with no infrastructure and logistics in place before the start of the program by the NPP