Politics

Mahama was unfair to our media – Bagbin

Alban Bagbin has blamed former president John Mahama for the collapse of NDC media outlets.

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament who has incessantly criticized the government of Mr Mahama in an interview with the media faulted him for failing to empower party’s media.

“As a party, we have been so unfair to our own media. My heart bleeds that we had been in power for eight years and it was under our reign that our own newspapers, such as The Enquirer and the Palaver collapsed,” he bemoaned.

“Today, where is The Republic, where is The Ghanaian Voice? Even Montie is struggling to come back on air. We were in power for eight years and we did nothing to build our own mouthpiece.

“But in modern day politics, the media is everything because every political party has good plans and works hard to achieve them; but while on it the people must see the genuine efforts even if results are hard to come by. Without the media, how do you get the people to appreciate your effort?”

In Mr Bagbin estimation the NDC was punished because it allowed the NPP to capture and control the media landscape.

“It is not that we do not have technocrats in the NDC, we have, but the NPP attracts more. And even the ones that we have, we are pushing them away because we think politics is a matter of charity.

“We must first and foremost be clear in our minds that politics is not only about sacrifice; people who sacrifice must benefit when the opportunities come around. Therefore, we must build our media, empower them also to become empires like our opponents have done with theirs. We must put in place measures for technocrats to feel welcomed in our party and we must make our own party sustainable in these turbulent seas called politics.

“We must also not forget our grassroots; you are an ingrate to ride on their support and sacrifices into office and then when you get there you abandon them and say you are father for all,” he added.

He however assured members of the biggest opposition party NDC that efforts were underway to put the party back on track.

He stressed that to wrestle power from the incumbent NPP, members and party hierarchy must respect the recommendations of the Professor Kwesi Botchwey report.

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