NDC’s electoral defeat was known to me, says Alban Bagbin

By Anny Osabutey

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo in the Upper West Region, Alban Bagbin, says he knew about the defeat of the National Democratic Congress long before the elections took place.

The NDC under John Mahama suffered what has become the heaviest electoral defeat of any political party under the fourth republic, when it lost the presidential elections by nearly a million votes to the New Patriotic Party, which also secured majority seats in parliament.

Mr. Bagbin became a thorn in the flesh of his own party when he accused former President John Mahama of being a “naked president” because he surrounded himself with “family and friends,” who told him what he should listen to.

"If such characters as Stan Dogbe, are those managing the president, then our president is naked, very naked!” he stated.

Speaking on the personality profile show of Accra-based Starr Fm on Wednesday, Mr. Bagbin said though he was hurt by the outcome of the elections, he knew the party was destined to lose, because he, through many public engagements with the party, warned them of the impending danger of electoral defeat but they did not listen to him.  

“I drew the party’s attention to the impending defeat especially at the parliamentary levels,” he said.

The longest serving MP in Ghana’s parliament said he even drew the attention of President Mahama but that did not get anywhere.

“Politicians listen more to others than they listened to themselves,” he added.

He also admits the election defeat was somewhat “ordained” because the change was sweeping across the world, citing Britain and the United States.

Touching on the Professor Kwesi Botchwey’s report covering the reasons why the party lost the elections, the second deputy speaker said the exercise is nothing new because parties across the world do introspective analysis after every election. He said the research is intended to help the party analyze the reasons why they lost and how they can put things right, moving forward as a united group.  

Mr. Bagbin also rubbished claims part of the reasons why the party lost the elections is because monies meant for operations at the constituency level were misapplied.