National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo constituency and Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has stated that some bad appointments by the Mahama administration affected the prospects of the NDC ahead of its disastrous 2016 election performance.
Mr Bagbin noted that the appointment of Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa as a Deputy Education Minister in-charge of Tertiary is one of the many reasons the party lost the 2016 general elections.
The Maverick legislator made this known while speaking to delegates in the Volta Region.
“We had very good material in our last government but the placement was wrong. Look at my son-in-law Ablakwa; brilliant handsome young man but he had problems before he got his certificate at Legon. You recall they almost rusticated him.”
“After he’s done national service in Parliament and joined politics, he was made a deputy Minister for Education in Charge of Tertiary. [So for] the lecturers, what are you telling them? Some of these decisions affected us a lot,” Mr Bagbin said.
The flag-bearer hopeful has officially declared his intention to contest the presidential primaries of the NDC slated for December 7, 2028.
He is contesting against former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah; Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbah, a former Trade and Industry Minister; former Vice-Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi; Cape Coast South MP, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan; private legal practitioner Elikplim Agbemava and handyman Stephen Atubiga.
However, former President John Mahama is yet to declare his intentions on the flagbearer position.
The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) elections have also been scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2018.