The out-spoken former NDC Member of Parliament for Lower Manyan Krobo constituency in the Eastern Region, Michael Teye Nyaunu, otherwise referred to as MTN, has demanded the party apologize to the people of the Volta Region for neglecting a region that has held the political fortunes of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) since 1992.
Diagnosing what he believes caused the defeat of President John Mahama and the NDC in the recent general polls, Mr. Nyaunu criticized the decision by the hierarchy of the NDC to disallow interested persons to contest the president in the presidential primary race.
According to him, the party made it extremely difficult for people to contest the president and that was a wrong move as the president was not challenged to bring out the best in him. He also believes the weaknesses of the president would have been brought out if he had a contender.
The controversial former legislator also says during parliamentary primaries of the NDC, money was in the hands of the incumbent MPs who bought votes even though they had lost touch with their constituents and that largely caused the defeat of many of them.
Speaking on eyewitness news on Accra-based Citi FM Monday, Mr. Nyaunu claimed the campaign team of the NDC set up by President Mahama and coordinated by Kofi Adams, also disappointed the president because they did not live up to expectations. He alleged that things were so terrible that people begged for campaign T-shirts but were not given. “They have disappointed us and they must bow their heads in shame. As a matter of fact, the campaign team must be dissolved,” he demanded.
Withdrawal of teacher and nursing trainee allowances and failure to develop the Volta region all contributed to the party’s defeat. Too many power blocks in the NDC, freeing of the Montie 3 which he observed was the first time the executive and the judiciary had a head-on collision were all issues that led to the party’s loss of power.
In spite of these issues in the party causing its defeat, Mr. Nyaunu is hopeful reorganizing the party from the grassroots can bring it back to power in 2020 and that will mean the NPP may just serve one term.