Ricketts-Hagan takes responsibility for NDC’s defeat

Mr Ricketts-Hagan

Mr Ricketts-Hagan

Former Central Regional Minister, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan has stated that he took full responsibility for the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) defeat in the region during the 2016 general election.

The then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) won 19 out of the 23 parliamentary seats in the region which is considered a swing one, with the rest going to the NDC.

The NDC has tasked a committee to investigate the party’s abysmal performance in the elections.

The committee is yet to complete its work, but Ricketts-Hagan who was in charge of the region said on Saturday that: “I was the Central Regional Minister, I take full responsibility.”

“You come into government to do the best that you can for your country, at the end of the day, the people decided and after the people’s decision we must all rally behind the new government.


We go into opposition to learn from our mistakes. That is why we are doing all the reviews, to understand what went wrong and become a better government in the future.”

According to Mr Ricketts-Hagan, no single party would stay in party forever.

“So when you go to opposition, you are basically to take stock, and hopefully learn something from it. The same way the NPP did for eight years and now we are in opposition. It is possible that we could be back in four years,” he added.

Mr. Ricketts-Hagan’s comment came on the heels of alleged remarks made by former President Mahama who also took full responsibility for the party’s defeat.

The former president was purported to have told his party members that, “of course as the general who led us into battle, I take ultimate responsibility for our losing the election and so if it will satisfy those people, blame me for the loss”.

He further advised NDC members to take advantage of the Prof. Kwesi Botchway committee to express their grievances instead of using the media.

“We have served at high level of government and so we have a role to play both as ex-president, ex vice president, as ministers of state and our fortunes are tied in with the party.

We are committed members of the party so we should work hard to make sure that we put the party in a state where we are able to contribute to the progress of this country even in opposition, by making sure that we provide the kind of opposition that safeguards the interest of the people,” the former president was said to have told the gathering.




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