NDC must not under-estimate contributions of cadres- Alhaji Ibrahima
The Northern Regional Organising Assistant of the People’s Defence Committee (PDC) of the 31st December Revolution, Alhaji Yakubu Ibrahimah, has entreated the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) not to underestimate the contributions of cadres to helping the party win the 2012 general elections.
He stressed that “the cadres of the 31st December Revolution and the NDC are relevant to one another irrespective of what people say, therefore, any negligence of each other is a recipe for the mutual disgrace of the cadres and the party in this year’s elections”.
Alhaji Ibrahimah stated this during the 30th anniversary of the 31st December Revolution in Tamale. The occasion was marked with bonfires and a public lecture.
He expressed regret that in some regions, the cadres had been working hand in hand within the party, while in other regions, some entities had successfully thwarted and played out cadres in NDC politics.
“Sometimes, cadres are labelled as old stuff or regarded as their period of power is over and so there is great suspicion anytime a cadre shows his or her face on the political front” he further pointed out.
Alhaji Ibrahimah, who is also the Central Gonja District Director of Education and a former Municipal Chief Executive of Tamale, stressed that “there should be no day that the congruence of the NDC and revolution should be questioned even if for academic exercise”.
“The fact is that NDC needs the cadres and the cadres need NDC - unless some agenda exists in the NDC to detach itself from the Revolution; we need a united house to fight the 2012 national presidential and parliamentary elections,”Alhaji Ibrahimah stressed.
According to him, the recent fracas within the NDC that culminated in the Sunyani Delegates Congress of the NDC dealt a lot of blows to the cadre front, given their historic and revolutionary attachment to former President Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings and the position the former President took vis-à-vis President Mills.
The Regional Organiser of the 31st December Women’s Movement, Madam Mary Nakubu, noted that the revolution was very practical because it addressed survival and routine needs such as road maintenance, women’s needs, early childhood care and the empowerment of women to participate in social leadership.