The PNC National chairman who doubles as a parliamentary candidate for Nadowli-Kaleo District on on the ticket of the Peoples National convention was spotted distributing books to nurses around Wa Municipal. These books were customized with his images alongside the Presidential candidate of the Ruling National Democratic Congress which sparked talks in the town.
It was recently rumored that Mr. Bernard Mornah was sponsored by the N.D.C to unseat Alban Bagbin in the Nadowli Kaleo Distict after the member of of parliament was spotted to have made a comment against the NDC
“If you go round the ground, the statement people are making is that this is not a government of NDC” – Alban Bagbin, reporting from the grassroot.
The former Majority Leader has taken his crusade of criticism against the presidency another notch higher by disowning the current administration saying it is for “family and friends”.
Alban Bagbin, MP for Nadowli-Kaleo is also standing by his remarks criticizing the president for being inaccessible and also lacking the political will to fight corruption.
Since his remarks, critics in government keep lining up to tell him off for comments seen as publicly ridiculing the president. The latest is a deputy minister for Information Felix Ofosu Kwakye who is calling on him to resign.
But Alban Bagbin has shot back insisting “we had to tell him [President Mahama] for him to be able to change”.
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.
He explained to Joy News that there are people who wrote the party manifesto and fought for John Mahama to become president and that these people ought to “be in charge of the governance of this country to make sure we implement the promises to the people”.
“President Mahama cannot implement it alone”, he charged
It is therefore unnerving, Bagbin suggested, to go the official residence of the president to find party outsiders manning the place.
“If you go to President Mahama’s house, the official residence and Randy Abbey is in charge there, how do you expect NDC members to have access to the president?”, Alban Bagbin said.
Johson Asiedu Nketia, The N.D.C General Secretary Later Denied the claim that the N.D.C was planing to unseate the The present Member of parliament and Majority leader in parliament, Hon. Alban S.K Bagbin.
NDC Sponsors Mornah Agains Bagbin
It is being speculated that there are frantic efforts by some gurus in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to retire the majority leader, Alban S.K. Bagbin, from parliament.
The NDC is said to be tacitly sponsoring People’s National Convention (PNC) Chairman, Bernard Monarh, to unseat Mr. Bagbin, who has been in parliament on the ticket of the NDC since 1993, representing the people of Kaleo-Nadowli – formerly Nadowli West – in the Upper West Region.
The ruling party’s behind-the-scenes manouvres to remove Mr. Bagbin became apparent recently when it emerged that the PNC Chairman received a Toyota Hilux pick-up with registration number GR 8724-16 from Tony Lithur, a lawyer of President John Mahama, for his campaign in the majority leader’s constituency.
Bernard Monarh later admitted that he indeed received the vehicle under reference and added that it was going to aid his campaign at Kaleo-Nadowli; but berated the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) for releasing the registration documents of the vehicle to the public.
Monarh had previously contested for the parliamentary seat at Wa Central.
The latest happenings in the Kaleo-Nadowli NDC strongly contradict the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia’s allegations that it is detractors of the NDC who are teaming up with the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to remove Mr. Bagbin from parliament.
“It is not everybody who wants Bagbin in parliament and those who dread his name want to find ways of removing him from parliament. But if they come frontally they know they will be defeated. So they are coming through us, the NDC people,” he said during his tour of the region.
“The NPP, the name they fear in parliament is Bagbin. They go behind and use some of the NDC people so that they will appear to be attacking from within and then NPP will say it is his own people who are fighting him. We don’t have anything to do with it.
“It is a lie. It is NPP that is using pliable NDC hands to execute that agenda; and Nelson Mandela says a traitor is worse than the enemy himself,” he maintained.
The constituents are said to have realized that the presidency and some powerful elements in the NDC are bent on removing Mr. Bagbin. The NDC General Secretary, they said, wanted to use the NPP as a scapegoat to deceive the NDC members in the constituency by portraying a united front for the party in the area.
Bernard Mornah, whose own party’s youth are calling for his suspension over the vehicle saga, spilled the beans when he tried to blame the DVLA for releasing the vehicle’s documents.
“I received the car from my friend and brother Tony Lithur after I had made an appeal to him. I got to know him through the ‘Free Tsatsu Movement,’ which he formed, and I was a part of. As his former student, I know he imports cars so I appealed to him during my campaign and he gave me one of his imported cars.
“So it was only proper that I registered the car in my name. But it’s obvious the DVLA has leaked the confidential registration documents to people for whatever reason known to them. And I think we should be worried that we cannot trust our DVLA,” Monarh told Starr FM.
However, speculations are rife that the brand new vehicle was given in the name of President Mahama to aid Monarh to unseat Bagbin who had publicly castigated him (president), describing his administration as very corrupt.
Mr. Bagbin had a frosty relationship in the early years of President Mahama’s regime, accusing the president of surrounding himself with nonentities in direct reference to the caliber of people advising him (president).
Mr. Bagbin once accused President Mahama of running ‘family and friends’ government and also said the president had surrounded himself with ‘fair weather friends.’
His outbursts were stemmed from his being relegated to the position of ‘3 wise men’ – who had no official portfolios. E.T. Mensah and Cletus Avoka completed the ‘wise men’ list.
The relationship appears to have been repaired after Mr. Bagbin returned to his front bench role as majority leader in parliament.
DAILY GUIDE has learnt that before the NDC opened nomination for its parliamentary contest, Mr. Bagbin had intended not to contest again and went ahead to discuss the exit plan with some powerful NDC gurus at the presidency.
However, when he realized that the NDC elements wanted to ‘do him in,’ he changed his mind and decided to run again and his campaign was somewhat ‘frustrated’ by some powerful people in the party but he scaled through in the end.