General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia known in political circles as General Mosquito has described Ghanaians who are mocking the party’s approach to soliciting inputs into its 2020 manifesto as persons who lack understanding of democracy, mynewsgh.com reports.
The party in a statement announced on Sunday that, it is accepting contributions from organized groups as it puts together its manifesto ahead of the 2020 elections.
The statement, signed by a Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor, requested for “Policy Memoranda from the general public, Civil Society Organisations, Trade Unions, Associations and other identifiable groups in the country.”
It would be recalled that, NDC Presidential Candidate, former president John Dramani Mahama in October inaugurated a 21-member Manifesto Committee, Chaired by the party’s National chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, which he mandated to produce a “working and organic manifesto” dubbed ‘People’s Manifesto’ that is by the people and for the people.
“The objective to develop a ‘Grassroots Manifesto’ is driven by need to give meaning to our Social Democratic principles of inclusivity and mass participation in the pursuit of growth and development of our country,” the statement noted.
But many Ghanaians have said the initiative of the opposition party gives the impression that it is bereft of ideas and therefore its quest to come back to govern the nation if it wins the elections of 2020 cannot be trusted.
Leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko moments after the announcement took to Facebook to mock the directive; #TheAlternativeIsEmpty, he posted on his wall.
The United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai Odike in a MyNewsGh.com report last week described the whole approach adopted by the NDC in drawing its 2020 manifesto as a “big shame”
General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah however maintains that, the novelty rather propels the party’s social democratic credentials and tips it as favorite for the ordinary Ghanaian, because it gives them the opportunity to have a say in what their government would want to achieve in their respective communities.
Speaking in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM monitored by Mynewsgh.com on Monday, Mr Asiedu Nketiah said, “anyone who says we shouldn’t consult ordinary people to seek their inputs to our manifesto does not understand democracy; governance does not permit us to sit in Accra and assume what will be good for the people of Atwima Kwanwoma without consulting them; that was the essence of the district assembly concept”.