Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, has expressed his excitement about the outcome of the elections of national executives by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to him, the outcome bodes well for the good of the party despite some reservation that some contestants harbored prior to and in the aftermath of elections. He revealed that there were people who thought that the contest was unnecessary, and others who felt it was necessary.
Mr Suhuyini indicated that if not for nothing at all, it was a move intended to “rekindle the spirit of the party” and to shake things up and ensure that the party puts its best foot forward as it marches into the election 2024.
“I must say that I am excited by the outcome of the congress, the lead up to the congress itself was quite dramatic in some sense. It kind of revived the spirit of the party in a way I have not seen in a very long time and that for me was very good for the party.”Alhassan Suhuyini
Mr Suhuyini noted that there were those who thought that the contest shouldn’t have taken place, especially because of the kind of united front the party intends to go into the next elections with. This, he stated, were from those motivated by fears that the contest will necessarily lead to acrimony which will be difficult to patch up after the congress.
He underscored that despite the varying perspectives of the party’s elections, both views were relevant, and the outcome has shown that the party is prepared for the general elections ahead of it. This, he alluded to the spirit of the party being rekindled from the branch to the national level which reflected in the margins.
“So, you do not have middle grounds. It is when you have middle grounds and results that are so close that unity becomes difficult to achieve because the impositions tend to be entrenched. But when the outcome of the election is as emphatic as it should be, anybody who is politically minded will understand that [contestants] results couldn’t have been as a result of any unfair dealings or machinations…”Alhassan Suhuyini
Race for chairmanship position
Commenting on the tension that erupted between the former chairman of the NDC, Ofosu Ampofo and the newly elected chairman of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, he concerted that everything was not rosy in the leadup to the elections. He noted that some of the campaign messages from contestants were unsavory and some of them were unfortunate.
Nonetheless, he explained that that is the nature of competition and it sometimes gets so tensed that people lose their cool and say things that ordinarily wouldn’t have been said.
“So, I think that we should all learn lessons from some of the things that were said that we all find unpleasant and moving forward, be more guided when we engage in subsequent competitions, especially when the contest is an internal one… It is important for us to also understand that in any contest of any sort, you will find that there will be truths, there will be untruths and there will be exaggerations. At the end of the day, it is up to the delegates and those campaigning to pray that people are discerning enough to decipher truth from untruths…”Alhassan Suhuyini
The Tamale North legislator opined that he is not in a position to vouch for some of the things that were said about either candidates and the most important thing is to focus on the future of the party in winning the next election.
“… What I will just say is that the delegates of our party have just given us the direction that they want a leadership of the party to take the party to and I pray the grace of God will guide those who have been chosen not to disappoint them and also not to disappoint the people of Ghana who are counting on the NDC to put its house in order to rescue this nation and build the Ghana that we all deserve and want.”Alhassan Suhuyini