The National Democratic Congress’ 2020 Campaign Manager, Professor Joshua Alabi, has admonished the NDC campaign team to work hard for the party’s victory in the upcoming general elections.
He said Ghanaians are relying on the John Mahama-led NDC to rescue them from the hardships and the arbitrary use of power the “corrosive” New Patriotic party (NPP) government has plonked on them ever since they assumed power in January 2017.
Professor Alabi was addressing party members shortly after the flag bearer of NDC, H.E John Dramani Mahama, inaugurated the national campaign team at the NDC headquarters on Wednesday.
The Campaign Team
The party, which is preparing to unveil its manifesto dubbed ‘the people’s manifesto, announced its national campaign team on June 30 headed by Professor Joshua Alabi, with former Health Minister Alex Segbefia as his deputy.
The team is to facilitate its campaign towards the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
The Director of Operations for the campaign is Lt. Col. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (Rtd), with James Agyenim Boateng as the Campaign Spokesperson, Mawuena Trebarh and Margaret Ansei as the Deputy Campaign Spokespersons, while Gen. R.S. Blay (Rtd) is the Strategic Advisor to the Campaign Team.
Other members of the team include National Communications Officer Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi; former Chief of Staff Hon Julius Debrah; Hon Kofi Totobi Quakyi; Minority Leader Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Hon Hudu Yahaya and NDC National Youth Organiser George Opare Addo.
Other members are former Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, Ambassador Sam Pee Yalley; Dr. Valerie Sawyer; NDC’s National Director of Elections Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah ; NDC National Chairman Hon Samuel Ofosu Ampofo; Ambassador Victor Smith; National Organizer Comrade Joshua Akamba; Dr. Hannah Louisa Bissiw, National Women’s. Organiser; Alhaji Mohammed Mamah, National Zongo Caucus Coordinator; Hon Samuel Sarpong; and Dr. Nana Ama Brown Klutse.
In his speech, Professor Alabi congratulated the newly nominated running mate for the party, Professor Naana Opoku-Agyemang and estolled her enviable achievements across the globe, saying her nomination would help the party secure victory in the polls.
To his team members, Professor Alabi encouraged them to leave no stone unturned in the bid to bring back the NDC to power.
“We cannot, and we dare not fail the good people of the country,” the former UPSA Vice-Chancellor stated and emphasized that not only was the NDC seeking power to continue with the numerous projects” but also to create jobs for the people, money in their pockets and food on their table.”
He also promised to work with the youth as well as the rank and file of the party for victory in the elections.
“Safety and security of Ghanaians have been threatened [under President Akufo-Addo]… and we need to redeem them from the hardships of the NPP led by President Akufo-Addo,” he added while underscoring the need for all members to work hard for the party’s victory.
“With my able team, I assure you nothing but victory 2020,” Professor Alabi assured the rapturous audience.
He admitted “leadership is not easy” but pledged the NDC would rise up to the challenge and be guided by the needs of the people while they work for the people.
Professor Alabi went on to assure the supporters of the Congress to do their best to bring the party to power to rescue the suffering masses from the many problems Ghanaians are battling in recent times.
NDC Will Put Ghana First
In his remarks, the 2020 NDC flag bearer, H.E John Mahama, assured Ghanaians his next government will fully act on the concerns of Ghanaians to create wealth for all.
“As a president I, together with my able Vice-President, Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang, will put the people before politics,” Mahama pledged at the NDC’s Adabraka headquarters.
The former president, who appointed Professor Naana Opoku-Agyemang his running mate Monday, says he is well prepared to put Ghana back on track and continue with his unfinished projects as well as serve the people in honesty.
Below is the full speech:
ND ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER ON BEHALF OF THE CAMPAIGN TEAM
PROFESSOR JOSHUA ALABI
4TH JULY 2020
The Leader of The NDC Party
The National Chairman and Members of the National Executive Committee
Members of the Council of Elders
Friends of the Media
I feel extremely honoured to lead this eminent team to manage NDC 2020 Campaign. Looking at the eminence of the team, the passion of our youth and the wisdom of our leaders past and present, there is no doubt that together we will win. We do not take the task for granted. I am very confident of the team. While congratulating my colleagues, I will like to take this opportunity to thank the leader, His Excellency John Dramani Mahamah and the National Executive of the party for this excellent work.
We also wish to congratulate our running mate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, whose nomination, we believe adds another dimension to the campaign and brings the formation of the NDC Team 2020 to closure. With this, the Team is set to move into action.
The party hierarchy and the rank and file have already laid a solid foundation, our task is to build on it through team work and effective coordination and we will leave no stone unturned in any hamlet. This campaign shall be a structured and all-inclusive campaign.
Allow me to share a personal experience with you. When I got a scholarship to the Soviet Union to study Industrial Economics, four mummy trucks with a brass-band escorted me to the airport. It was such a terrific event. When I arrived in the Soviet Union, each time I was confronted with the examination paper, I mirrored the scenery of my escort to the airport and I remind myself, those who escorted me will be expecting my certificate upon my return. The certificate was the evidence of the accomplishment of my mission. Luckily by Hardwork and the special grace of God I got the certificate. Upon my return, seven mummy trucks were waiting for me at the Kotoka International Airport. When we arrived home, I gave the certificate to my father who passed it around for all present to touch and have a feel of it. Today, this ceremony reminds me of my going and return from the Soviet Union and the expectation of our mission, “NDC Mission 2020” and together with my very able team, we assure you of nothing but victory 2020 and our march to the flag-staff house.
Ladies and Gentlemen, for the past few days, we have received congratulatory messages from a good number of people from the length and breadth of this country both from the NDC faithful’s and those who have seen through the NPP and desire a change. This shows their expectations. They are expecting us to redeem them from the hardships of the NPP government, led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufu Addo. We cannot and we dare not fail the good people of this country. All they want, is to see his Excellency John Dramani Mahama and the NDC come back to power come January 2021 not only to continue with the numerous developmental projects but to ensure “Jobs for the People, Money in their Pockets and Food on the Table” We are aware that leadership is not easy and we are guided by that as we take this task, but our Goal is just one “In the Flag staff House 2021” and that energizes us..
The strength of the NDC rests on all of us, particularly on the shoulders of you, the youth, our teaming supporters and sympathizers.
With the inauguration of the Campaign Team, our energies are fired, our youth are fired into action, we will not rest, our feet shall pound the grounds where need be, and we will work our phones to victory.
COVID-19, presents us with a different scenario and we understand the demands. Over the years, we have realized that particularistic benefits that is vote buying, which was well rehearsed in the last NPP primaries has its limits in national elections. The Ghanaian is more widely awake than ever, and frivolous promises shall no longer lure the Ghanaian electorate.
Jobs have been lost massively and safety and security of Ghanaians threatened to the bone not on the back of COVID-19 but due to the gross incompetence and insensitivity to the pain of the good people of Ghana.
The NDC is also not oblivious and not perturbed by the dress rehearsals for intimidation on the D-Day and we are very well prepared.
Our hardwork together with providence and grace will make our way to the flag staff house. Our effort will not be the measure of our work but our results. For now, our inspiration is victory and the victory is all we see.
To our supporters, our youth and all those who care dearly about our dear country Ghana, your energy to stand for true freedom and social justice is our motivation, and it is your passion that will help us win.
Together, the NDC will march to uproot the caustic elephant from the flag staff house and bring back His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and the Umbrella to shield Ghanaians from the hardship of the corrosive elephant family. God Bless the NDC as we march to the Flag Staff House 2021.
Thank You All.
C National Campaign Manager