‘Forward Agenda is panacea for NDC return in 2020’

A National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer hopeful, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has launched his campaign to lead the opposition party into the 2020 general polls; stressing on the need for the party to rebrand so as to stand a chance in the elections.

The former Minister of Trade and Industry in the John Mahama-led administration cautioned on the need for delegates to choose a flagbearer who would not be tagged as corrupt or incompetent by their rivals, the New Patriotic Party.

At the launch of his campaign in Accra on Tuesday, Mr Spio-Garbrah, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisations (CTO) said his ‘Forward Agenda’ (FA) which touches on sacrifice and commitment to party and country was the panacea for the immediate return of the NDC to political power.

“The Forward Agenda is not one that can be led by just anybody. It is not just a matter of your talents, it is not a matter of the nature of your educational attainments or your financial capacity, it is the motivation in your spirit which is very difficult to measure.

“It takes its inspiration from Kwame Nkrumah’s famous words, that when it comes to Ghana’s national development, “We face neither East nor West; We face forward.

“In the various choices we need to make as a party in opposition which needs to find its way back to power, the FA mission is not for the NDC to retreat into the dark, decrepit and depressive defeat of the past, but for NDC members to look forward with hope and expectancy towards the bright lights of our revival, regeneration, restoration, restitution and successes of our future.

“By the FA, the party’s future does not include attempting to revive the remains and carcasses of its ignoble, squandered defeat of 2016 but to build an innovative, constructive and decisive leadership that will foremost ensure that Ghanaians are lifted out of poverty.

Mr Spio-Garbrah, 65, first attempted to lead the NDC in 2006 primaries but was defeated by the late President John Evans Atta Mills who went on to win the 2008 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The NDC goes to the polls later in December again to choose a flagbearer from 11 candidates who have so far declared their intentions to bear the flag for the party in the 2020 polls.

BY JULIUS YAO PETETSI                                                              

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