Accusations of mistrust is splitting the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) following former President John Dramani Mahama’s failure to notify FEC members before embarking on his ongoing “Build The Ghana We Want Tour.”
The tour, which was announced during Mahama’s fundraising visit to the United States, has sparked controversy within the party following decision to act without FEC involvement.
The FEC, comprised of influential members of the NDC, is responsible for coordinating and overseeing party day to day activities. It plays a crucial role in decision-making processes and is typically informed of major initiatives, such as national tours, undertaken by party leaders.
However, in this instance, Mahama’s failure to consult FEC before embarking on his tour has raised concerns among party members.
The NDC, led by Mahama as their flagbearer for the 2024 election, found itself in an unexpected predicament when it was revealed that Mahama had neglected to inform FEC about his plans to tour the country.
The FEC, which is responsible for coordinating party activities, was reportedly caught off guard by the announcement.
It to emissaries sent by Mahama before the Asiedu Nketiah led executive joined the tour.
This tour is seen as a crucial opportunity for Mahama to engage with party members, supporters, and potential voters across the country. It aims to showcase his vision and plans for Ghana’s future, while also mobilizing resources for the upcoming election campaign.
However, the absence of prior communication with the FEC has raised concerns within the party and has led to questions about transparency and trust.
Party insiders have expressed their disappointment and frustration over the lack of consultation, as they believe it undermines the principles of democratic decision-making within the NDC and party unity. Some members of the FEC have openly criticized Mahama’s actions, claiming that his failure to involve them in such a significant endeavor is indicative of a broader breakdown of trust and communication within the party’s leadership.
Per DAILY GUIDE sources within the NDC’s headquarters disclosed that Mahama’s failure to inform FEC has caused a serious rift within the party.
For instance, the National Chairman of NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah was reportedly reluctant to join Mahama in the Bono Region tour, but was extensively persuaded to do so. National Organizer Joseph Yamin, on the other hand, joined the tour without an official invitation.
The tour, originally planned to start from Western North, was moved to the Bono Region after Western North Executives declined to cooperate due to feeling disrespected.
In response to the backlash, Mahama’s camp has defended his actions, stating that the tour was primarily a fundraising initiative and did not require FEC’s involvement.
They argue that as the party’s flagbearer, Mahama has the authority to make strategic decisions related to campaign activities.
However, critics argue that Mahama’s failure to inform FEC reflects a lack of transparency and accountability.
They believe that his actions set a concerning precedent for future decision-making within the party and may lead to further internal conflicts and divisions.
In response to the mounting criticism, Mahama’s camp has defended his decision, citing the urgency and time sensitivity of the tour.
They argue that it was necessary to make swift arrangements and capitalize on the momentum generated by the fundraising efforts in the United States. However, these justifications have done little to quell the growing discontent within the party’s ranks.
The fallout from this incident has deepened existing rifts within the NDC, with some party members openly questioning Mahama’s leadership style and decision-making process. The incident has also fueled speculation about potential power struggles and divisions within the party ahead of the 2024 election.
As the NDC prepares for the upcoming election, it faces the challenge of restoring trust and unity within its ranks.
The party leadership will need to address the concerns raised by party members and work towards fostering a more inclusive and transparent decision-making process.
The incident has undoubtedly cast a shadow over Mahama’s leadership and raised questions about his ability to effectively steer the NDC towards victory in the upcoming election. As the party moves forward, it will need to find a way to bridge the divide and rebuild trust among its members to present a strong and united front in the 2024 elections.
This wave of mistrust within the NDC has raised questions about the unity and organization within the party as they gear up for the upcoming 2024 elections.
Only time will tell if these internal issues will be resolved, and if the NDC can regain its footing to present a strong challenge against the NPP.
By Vincent Kubi