President Mahama, who inaugurated the committee in Accra on Wednesday, advised members that “I can tell you that as a committee member before, the work of attending meetings could be boring but it is an important work that makes a party successful.”
He called on members of other NDC working committees to bring their talents and expertise to bear on the work of the party to enable a win in election 2016.
The President also inaugurated the Complaints and Conflict Resolution, Legal and Disciplinary committees.
The 28-member Political Committee, include Vice President Kwasi Amissah-Arthur, former chairman of the party, Dr Kwabena Adjei, current National Chairman, Mr Kofi Portuphy, Vice General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho, Foreign Minister, Hanna Tetteh, Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, a former minister, Alhaji Hudu Yahya and former NDC National Vice Chairman.
Others are Kofi Adams, NDC National Organiser, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Minister of State at the presidency, Dan Abodakpi, a former minister, Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Faustina Nelson, Alban Bagbin, Majority Leader, Hajia Mahama and Bede Ziedeng, Office of the President.
The first batches of five working committees were inaugurated by Mr Portuphy, last Tuesday. They include Elections, Economic, Communications, Social Services and Finance committees.
Mr Anyidoho told Joy News the inauguration of the committees was in fulfilment of the party’s constitution, which stipulates that, after every congress, committees must be constituted for people to assist elected and appointed officials to achieve the goals of the party.
He said the inclusion of past and present party officers in the committees was testimony of the party’s unity.
Mr Anyidoho said with the quality of personnel lined up in the committees, the party’s machinery is well oiled for victory in 2016.
Some critics believe the President should be allowed to concentrate on pressing national issues, while the other members deal with matters of the committee.
However, Mr Anyidoho dismissed the criticisms, saying the party did not err in naming the president as chairman of the committee.
Mr Anyidoho explained that the President as the leader of the party should definitely be part of the committee.
Contributing to the establishment of the committees, a senior lecturer of Political Science, at the University of Ghana, Legon, Dr Seidu Alidu, said the committees were “brains” or operational machines of the party.
He observed that political parties are big organisations, which sometimes have to be “broken down’’ to minute groups for purposes of efficiency.
Dr. Alidu, however, said that, the new committees appeared to be an election winning machinery than bodies that would implement and execute the party’s manifesto promises.