Mahama: We lost 36 seats to bickering, internal wrangling

Former President Mahama

Former President Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has revealed that internal bickering, disunity and power struggle at the constituency level cost the National Democratic Congress (NDC) 36 parliamentary seats in the 2016 elections.
“Like I said a few things went wrong, we were not united, Savelugu is one of them, there was no way we should have lost the Savelugu seat but it is just because we were not united, we had seen at least 36 of such constituencies where we could easily have won but we lost because we were not united”, he bemoaned.

Aside from the fact that there were diversions of campaign resources that played to the disadvantage of the NDC in the run-up to the 2016 elections, there are new issues cropping up as contributory factors to the party’s defeat.

Former President Mahama expressed the hope that “the factions that existed prior to the 2016 elections have started working together in the interest of party unity and cohesion ahead of the 2020 polls which is barely two years away.

“I know that this time you have started working together to patch the differences, I have started receiving reports about what our new regional executives, some of our MPs are all doing to help us come together so we win Savelugu back from the NPP.

“Savelugu is in the belly of the elephant which requires an operation to ensure it is freed from the shackles of the elephant and brought under the umbrella, we can only do that if we are united, let us desist from the campaign of insults, I urge you to welcome other contenders, listen to what they have to say and that the final decision rests on you,” former President Mahama stressed. –

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