NDC Leaders Miss Opposition – Kwesi Pratt

A senior socio-political commentator and newspaper editor has described some leaders of the governing NDC of behaving ‘as if they miss opposition.’ Kwesi Pratt Jnr believes some of the actions and utterances of leading NDC members, especially in recent times, leave much to be desired, akin to a party fighting tooth and nail to leave political office. Speaking on Peace FM’s 'Kokrokoo' morning show Monday, Mr Pratt, who is the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, said ‘these NDC leaders, they speak as if they miss opposition.’ Quizzed by his co-panelists, Kwesi Pratt stuck to his guns, saying he was amazed at the manner the NDC is running affairs both in government and as a party. The John Mahama administration has been rocked in the past few days by accusations and counter accusations by leading members of the party, who say the President has been surrounded by neophytes who are preventing more experienced heads from giving him counsel. The latest to fire is former Majority Leader and sitting Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, who is accusing the President’s handlers of virtually holding him incommunicado from other members of the government, especially members of the 3-member committee tasked with implementing special projects, of which he is a member. He also suggested that President Mahama lacked the political will to fight corruption. However, some government and party officials have not taken kindly to Mr Bagbin’s public criticism, and have used a few choice words on him including being called a “big liar” by a presidential staffer, Stan Dogbe. Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu has also suggested that the Nadowli-Kaleo MP be stripped of his appointment as one of the three ‘wise men.’ Mr Bagbin has also hit back, saying he is “shocked that people like Stan Dogbe are around the President.” The member of government's 'three wise men' is demanding that the party takeover the running of the presidency because "it is the party that promised the people" and got him elected. Analysing the situation, Mr Pratt warned that the Mahama-led NDC government risked shooting itself in the foot, seemingly choosing to focus on internal government and party differences instead of striving to address the increasing hardships in the country. He expressed worry that the government appeared to be doing little to douse the growing anger in the many unemployed youth roaming the streets, warning, ‘all it takes is one warped mind to spark something and lead them astray.’