Former Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur says those expressing interest in leading the National Democratic Congress (NDC) into the 2020 polls, should first concentrate on efforts at rebuilding the party.
According to Mr. Amissah-Arthur, the NDC is currently reorganising itself to be stronger and to become the voice that reflects the mood of the people, adding that a reorganised party at the branch level will result in the election of a leader who represents the best interest of Ghana.
Addressing the media in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region on Christmas Day, Mr. Amissah-Arthur said any attempt to impose a leader on the NDC ahead of elections 2020, will rather hurt the opposition party’s fortunes.
The former Vice president made the remarks after he and his wife, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, made donations to Children on admission at the Ho Regional and Municipal hospitals.
A leader will come from a reorganised party but not a leader imposed on a party that is disorganized, the former Vice President indicated.
Several notable persons including Mr. Amissah-Artur himself, have expressed their desire to lead the opposition party when the nominations are opened in 2018.
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Key among them are former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi; a former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr. Sylvester Mensah and former Trades Minister, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.
Former President John Mahama is widely believed to be getting ready to run.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur however, says the NDC is not ready to choose who leads it into 2020.
“We are reorganising the party to make it stronger, to make it a voice that reflects the mode of the people. So I don’t think that it is time for leadership yet because the leader will come from a reorganised party, not a leader imposed on a party that is disorganised.”