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Stop Empowering Only Party Affiliates — Okyere Darko

An Appropriate Dispute Resolution(ADR) advocate and a security analyst, Mr Kwadwo Okyere Darko, has cautioned politicians to, as a way of enhancing the socio-political and economic transformation of society, desist from empowering party affiliates to the detriment of the masses.

Such a situation, he believed, would breed enmity and chaos among the deprived towards those in power.

He instead encouraged politicians to be proactive in developing and implementing policies that would impact the lives of all citizens.

Mr Okyere Darko was speaking at a leadership seminar organised in Accra by political groups, the United Cadres Front (UCF) for East Ayawaso and the Empress Fan Club, on the theme: “The power of leadership in facilitating the socio-political and economic transformation of society”.

Identifying competent leaders

During his address, Mr Okyere Darko advised the participants to learn to identify competent political leaders to work with and be wary of those who would exploit them.

“We must be careful not to become easy prey to hidden political marauders who only seek to acquire, use power and positions for personal gratification,” he said.

NDC never lost

He said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as a party did not lose the election in 2016.

“It is people that make up the organisation. And I have never seen any organisation that would go against its own rules. The NDC had an aim of retaining power and improving the lives of the people. However, the people in the party failed to achieve the aim of the party and not the party itself,” he said.

The election setback

The Chairman of the Ayawaso East Constituency of the NDC, Mr Olabode Williams, who was present at the seminar, also advised party supporters in the constituency to wholeheartedly embrace the setback from the 2016 election where the NDC lost the presidential race and more parliamentary seats to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He expressed the view that the defeat in the 2016 election was, among other things, as a result of party supporters not nominating deserving candidates who worked tirelessly to represent the party.


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