One of the persons who expressed interest in contesting the National Democratic Congress (NDC), presidential primaries Mr Kweku Ricketts-Hagen, has issued a statement announcing why he rescind his decision to pick nomination forms to contest the contest the race.
The former legislator in his statement said it was unnecessary to waste his time and resources on a race that looks predetermined.
According to him, despite his tour to sell his message to delegates, it was obvious the delegates had already made a choice and rejected his message.
The statement said: ‘’We gave in everything we have got, but the overwhelming majority of our delegates that we came into contact with have chosen another path, so we failed to sufficiently expand our appeal on this occasion. It is therefore pointless to continue to remain in a contest, which pretty much looks predetermined. We therefore did not pick pick up nomination forms to advance our contest in the flagbearership race scheduled for the 26th January, 2019 set by the National Executive Committee (NEC).’’
Mr Ricketts-Hagan further stated that although his campaign was unsuccessful, it offered the NDC delegates an opportunity to focus on the issues.
‘’We are confident that our campaign, while unsuccessful, offered NDC party an alternative by focusing on issues which many think are crucial to the party in expanding our appeal and attractiveness to new people especially young people to our fold beyond our core party members.’’
The former legislator further stated that ‘’It has been an incredible honour to be part of this flagbearership contest. I believed we run a principled and decent campaign. Thanks to all who made it possible.’’
He expressed his profound gratitude to the National Council of Elders, NEC and the entire NDC family for making this opportunity available to us all. To my campaign team and all our supporters and like-minded Ghanaians who believed in our vision-I say thank you and keep hope alive. The fight for a stronger and united NDC party is far from over, therefore we will continue to carry the torch and support the party and the elected flagbearer to unite the party and work together to defeat the NPP in 2020.’’
Describing his decision as a difficult one, Mr Ricketts-Hagan said he wanted to offer the party an opportunity for reforms anchored on the principles and values of probity, accountability and social justice, to enable the party reinvigorate and reposition itself in a modern era, to win future elections from a position of strength.”