An opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), presidential hopeful, Augustus Goosie Tanoh, has reiterated his resolve to win the trust of delegates and Ghanaians at large towards victory 2020.
He said, it would be important for the NDC to restore its capacity as the great mobilising force for ordinary Ghanaians and the grassroots.’’
‘’We need to empower the grassroots and go back to the original founding principles of the NDC. Not simply by sloganeering but by actual practice in terms of restoring the probity and accountability, development and social justice agenda,’’ he posited.
He paid a glorying tribute to the late Professor Mills and described him as a champion of these principles and one who stood by same until his demise.
He was speaking to the media after officially informing the Greater Accra regional office of his plan to start his campaign tour in the region today [Wednesday] at the regional party office AT Kokomlemle.
The Greater Accra chairman, Mr Ade Coker and other executives of the party officially received him.
The chairman said, the meeting was important because it would afford the candidate an opportunity to receive the green light by the executives to campaign in the region.
The aspiring candidate described the meeting, which was held in camera, as successful.
Delegates he noted have bought into his message in rebranding the party for victory 2020 through grassroot participation.
The party he suggested has lost its key principles, which are probity and accountability, social justice and grassroots democracy.
He is looking forward to restore these principles in order to strengthen the base of the NDC and make it more attractive for victory 2020.
The aspiring candidate said, once we lose sight of these principles, we lose the faith with the people.
‘’We must restore our faith with the party people and the Ghanaian people. These principles are key to the development of our country.’’
Ghana in his view is in crisis hence the need for us to have a candidate with the requisite skills to save Ghanaians from the economic challenges they are facing.
‘’We are in a situation where the country is in crisis; everything is in crisis, health care is in crisis, the economy is in crisis, we have a problem with people between the ages of 15-24; 48 percent of them being unemployed. The woman are going to hospitals to give birth and lying on the floor, the kids are in school, bed bugs are sucking their blood; we don’t send our children to school for bed bugs to suck their blood.
‘’And so, if we remain faithful to these ideas and become purposeful through a solid organisation, solid leadership and solid grassroot mobilising power, there is not very the NDC cannot do to transform this country.’’
On the perceived overwhelming support former President John Dramani Mahama, is having over the other candidates, the aspirant said, there was an overwhelming perception in 2016 that he [Mahama] was going to win but lost.
According to him, he is in the race to win and hopefully by end of the primaries, he would be declared as flagbearer of the NDC.