The Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli Kaleo, Mr Alban Bagbin, has stated that some appointments made by former President John Dramani Mahama cost the party the 2016 elections.
According to him, such appointments included the MP for North Tongu, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa as a Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education.
Mr Bagbin, who has declared his intentions to run as a flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) come 2020, made these observations at a meeting with delegates in the Volta Region.
He said: “We had very good material in our last government but the placement was wrong. Look at my son-in-law Ablakwa; brilliant handsome young man but he had problems before he got his certificate at Legon. You recall they almost rusticated him.”
“After he’s done national service in Parliament and joined politics, he was made a deputy Minister for Education in Charge of Tertiary. [So for] the lecturers, what are you telling them? Some of these decisions affected us a lot,” Mr. Bagbin said.
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Mr. Bagbin, who is also the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, is angling himself as the best option for the NDC on the presidential ballot paper for the 2020 elections.
He officially declared his intention to contest the presidential primaries of the NDC after “serious introspection and wide consultations with elders, executives and the rank and file of the party.”