The upcoming parliamentary and presidential primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Manhyia South Constituency in the Ashanti Region may be halted following threats by branch executives and ward coordinators to place an injunction on the process. The aggrieved party members are unhappy with the suspension of some branch executives, which they claim will prevent them from participating in the May 13 primaries. The 452 delegates in the constituency may be affected by the move.
In a press conference, CPC Krofrom Ward Coordinator and convenor Yaw Appiah called on the National Executives Committee (NEC) to lift the suspension of the branch executives and allow the delegates to participate in the primaries. He also threatened legal action if their concerns are not addressed within 48 hours.
For the most part, the NDC primaries have been marred by allegations of malpractices, including vote-buying, intimidation, and violence. In recent years, the party has been struggling to restore unity and credibility within its ranks, following a series of defeats in national elections. The party’s national executives have promised to ensure a free, fair, and transparent process in the upcoming primaries.
However, the latest threat by the Manhyia South NDC branch executives and ward coordinators suggests that there are still unresolved issues within the party that may hamper its chances of winning the 2024 general elections. The party’s leadership must take urgent steps to address the concerns of its members and ensure that the primaries proceed without any hindrances.
In a nutshell, the NDC cannot afford to have any more internal conflicts that could weaken its support base and create opportunities for its political opponents. The party must prioritize unity and cohesion, and ensure that all its members are adequately represented in the decision-making processes. The outcome of the upcoming primaries will have a significant impact on the party’s future, and it is crucial that the process is transparent, fair, and credible.