Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin has described former President John Mahama’s administration as an Animal farm government.
He said in his ‘Animal Farm,’ administration, ‘monkeys were working, while baboons chopped.’
“That is why you had unknown people appearing from nowhere and getting top appointments. While people like you and other Executives who had toiled for the party had been ignored.
Alban Bagbin who is a contender for the 2020 NDC flagbearership disclose this in a meeting with some NDC communicators at his Job 600 office complex in Parliament House.
Alban Bagbin, who had already promised a paradigm shift from that of former President Mahama’s style of governance, explained that former President Mahama appointed outsiders into his government because he was not familiar with true party people.
According to Alban Bagbin, the former President’s unfamiliarity with true party faithful was due to the fact that unlike everyone else, President Mahama had not really worked his way through the ranks of the party.
He said in 2004, while, he was Minority Leader, he had to make time to campaign for Mahama in his constituency where the NDC Presidential votes in the Parliamentary elections had been diminishing because he was not in touch with the grassroots.
“It is not for nothing that I have said I will make the party the fulcrum of my administration, if I am elected flagbearer and eventually win to become the President, I know our people and respect their efforts,” Alban Bagbin said.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament took the opportunity to remind the communicators that he had nothing against former President Mahama and pointed out that following the untimely death of late President Mills in office in 2012, he Bagbin was one of the people who lobbied to ensure that the former President, who was then Vice to President Mills, was allowed to go unopposed as Flagbearer.
He said former President Mahama’s administration neglected party faithful, leading to pain amongst members and even the founders and leaders
Alban Bagbin said he has rich experience, having served as Minority and Majority Leader, through which he also served as a member of the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee, National Executive Committee and Council of Elders.