National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer hopeful, Kojo Bonsu has rebuked the National executives of the party for the party's defeat in the 2016 election.
According Kojo Bonsu, as a result of the unprecedented defeat of the then ruling party, all the current National Executives should be voted in the upcoming November Congress.
Kojo Bonsu added that “the party lost touch with the grassroots”, adding, the leadership is to blame for failing to coordinate the top hierarchy with the grassroots properly".
For him, it was for this reason that several incumbent leaders lost their positions at the constituency and regional primaries and predicted more casualties at the national level when the party holds its national congress.
In an interview on Accra based Starr FM on Thursday, the former Mayor of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) said “I’m referring to the organization, the central party, the constituency executives, that is why you realise there is a ‘tsunami’ from the top of the party. Most of the people lost their positions because they were not doing their work effectively”.
The former KMA boss emphasized that the leadership “did a poor job in the sense that, it is what you call decisions from the top that run down, so, if the hierarchy of the party is not doing the right thing and the regional people are not doing, the constituency is not doing it, they are all in tandem, it is part of everything. So, you can’t give the blame to one person. It is a group. It is an effective organization and if it is nil, you are in trouble”.
Kojo Bonsu criticized some party leaders for hoarding funds that were meant for campaigning at the grassroots.
“The grassroots were neglected and I can assure you, that neglect cost us a lot of money, that is why the 2016 election defeat was a big shock”, he said.
He said “let’s say the president provides money to the party, it has to trickle down to the grassroots for them to be able to do effective organization, but monies get to the middle and it doesn’t go. People don’t even look at the branches and their chairmen… It made everything difficult for them”.