By Caesar Abagali, GNA
Tamale, Sept.9, GNA - Former President John Dramani Mahama has appealed to members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to stop the blame game as to what led to the party's defeat and unite for victory in 2020.
He said: "God is never wrong in anything and He made us to lose the 2016 elections for a reason, which has started manifesting for Ghanaians to know those who have Ghanaians at heart in terms of exerting good governance," he said.
Former President Mahama made the appeal in Tamale on Saturday when he addressed party sympathisers after he joined them in a 'Unity Walk' aimed at starting the process of unity in the aftermath of the defeat in December, last year.
The Northern Regional executive of the NDC organised the 'Unity Walk,' for members in the Tamale South, Tamale North, Tamale Central and the Sagnerigu constituencies, which attracted bigwigs of the Party.
They included Mr Julius Debrah, a former Chief of Staff, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minority leader in Parliament, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Moses Mabengba, a former Northern Regional Minister, and Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini and Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, members of Parliament for Sagnerigu and Tamale Central.
President Mahama said: "God knows best and in His wisdom, He said; My sons and daughters step aside and allow them to win, if not Ghanaians will not appreciate the good things you have done".
He said it was important that the party remained a formidable opposition and be the voice for the voiceless to make it easier to wrestle power in 2020 to continue with the "Better Ghana Agenda".
He said God will continue to be a better judge between the NDC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as to “who is working in the spirit of nationalism devoid of division...”
"If we had won the 2016 Election I am sure some members of the NPP would have been polluting the minds of the electorate that they would have reduced cost of fuel, electricity, water and many others but now that they are in power we are waiting to see what they would reduce," he said.
Former President Mahama commended the organisers of the Walk and said the crowd it pulled was a manifestation that the "NDC is on its feet to work towards victory."
Mr Asiedu Nketia said the party, at the moment, was not interested in who would lead for the 2020 elections but peace and unity within was the most paramount.
He said the NPP promised Ghanaians heaven on earth and got power adding: “They have already started failing Ghanaians by promising what they cannot fulfil".
He expressed the hope that the NDC would wrestle power from the NPP in the next elections and urged members to put the 2016 Election behind them.