Albert Maladan, NDC Chairman for DC Primary “B” in Amenfi West Constituency disagrees with the rhetoric that ex-president Jerry John Rawlings harbors bitterness against the party.
Commenting on the distasteful experience Madam Anita Desoso suffered at the hands of the former president at this year’s June 4, celebration, he asserted that Rawlings did not err in embarrassing the 2nd vice chairperson of the NDC.
He said in an interview with reporters that, the gesture by Madam Desoso was a pure display of “fun fool respect” adding that the former president doesn’t have anything against any party member in the first place.
He singled out Mr Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, stressing that he is even a bosom friend of Mr. Rawlings.
“The Founder and Mr Bagbin are inseparable friends and mutual confidants in each other; and the party can capitalize on the situation to elect him to lead the Party in 2020,” Mr. Maladan said.
According to him, Mr Bagbin was one of few people the party Founder trusted placing him at an advantageous position.
Even though he did not specifically state it, Albert Maladan’s revelation fell in line with recent revelations that the NDC Founder would campaign for the NDC in 2020 if Mr Bagbin was voted flagbearer of the party.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament is one of five people who had made known their intentions to contest former President John Mahama, who led the NDC in 2016, for the 2020 presidential ticket.
But while Prof. Joshua Alabi, former Rector of GIMPA, Sylvester Mensah, former Chief Executive of the NHIA, and Kweku Rickets Hagan, former Central regional Minister, are all known flagbearer hopefuls, Mr Alban Bagbin sits as the leading contender against Mr. Mahama.
Between Mr Bagbin, who is the sitting MP for Nadowli Kaleo and former President Mahama, support from the party’s elders and the Founder was strong for Mr Bagbin while President Mahama has strong support among his former appointees.
Although former President Jerry John Rawlings has on several occasions expressed his dislike for certain happenings in the NDC, he is said to be in very good relations with Mr Bagbin.
“It is easy to see that the reason for the Founder’s love and respect for Mr Bagbin was because the two of them shared the same principles of probity, accountability and incorruptibility,” Mr. Albert Maladan said.
He said Mr Bagbin’s strong reputation as an incorruptible Parliamentarian was what had really endeared him to ex-President Rawlings.
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