Former Vice Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dan Abodakpi says the party has become a huge elephant standing on clay feet because it has neglected its founding principles, rooted in participatory democracy.
He attributed the party’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election to the neglect of the grassroots, saying that it is worrying to find that the party has deviated from the all inclusive democracy, which they introduced into Ghana politics.
“We have become a huge elephant – not the NPP elephant – a huge elephant standing on clay feet,” he said.
Dan Abodakpi was speaking at a forum organized by some leading members of the party on securing NDC’s future.
He noted that the party grassroots are key structures in determining its chances in annexing political victory, saying that he was about how the party has, over the years, deviated from its founding principles that gave birth to participatory democracy in Ghana.
“Participation as we thought from the beginning of the revolution was that, it should be inclusive; that the mass of our people from whom power is derived must not only be policy takers but must be involved in policy evolution from the grassroot.”
“It is unfortunate that even though we are the originators of that idea via the formation of Unit Committees, our party today is not firmly rooted at the unit or branch level,” he said.
Mr Abodakpi said the only way the NDC could secure its future is by returning to its ideologies of probity, accountability and participatory democracy.
“I’m sure if I ask my colleague from Tema Central that I want to visit her branches today, the branches will be there in name but not really there. So is the case in my Keta constituency. So it is the case everywhere and that explains why victory will be beckoning us in 2020 and come to the finishing line; that victory will be taken from our hands” the Former Keta MP said.
But the former Minister of Trade and Industry urged the rank and file of the party to contribute to the revival of its Unit Committees in all the 275 constituencies in a bid to snatch power from the ruling New Patriotic Party in 2024.