Executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) branch and constituency have been promised lavish incentives before the general elections of 2024.
John Mahama, the party’s former president and presidential candidate, said that if the party wins the presidency in January 2025, the executives will be rewarded for their dedication to the cause.
Explaining himself to the crowd of party executives and delegates at Lower Manya Krobo, the former president, who is currently touring the Eastern Region, said that the award program will honor branches and constituencies of the party that put forth significant effort to boost the party’s parliamentary and presidential votes in 2024.
According to Mr. Mahama, the branches would serve as the foundation of his 2024 campaign. He further stated that the goal of the award is to set goals for the constituencies and motivate them to accomplish or exceed those goals.
“We’re going to look at all the results starting from 2012, 2016, 2020 and for every branch, we’re going to give you a percentage that we want you to increase your votes by, if you achieve that percentage or exceed it, all you the nine-member executives, we’re going to reward you…and it’ll be the same for the constituency executive, we have 28 constituency executives in each constituency, we’re also going to give the constituency executives a target and if you also
exceed that target, all you the 28 constituency executives, you’ll get a handsome reward,” assured Mr. Mahama.
He furthered that though the revolutionary ideologies of the party impressed on members to sacrifice for the Ghanaian people, the time was ripe for executives to also get their fair share of the national cake.
“Because of the tradition of our party that we’re a revolutionary party, we’ve always had the sense of sacrifice, that we must sacrifice for the rest of Ghanaians to enjoy and so most of the time, our party executives, our party cadres, they’ve worked without expecting any reward but we’re in new times, our party executives are also Ghanaians, they’re entitled to benefit from the
opportunities that Ghana has to offer so I want to assure you that when we come into office, any opportunity that are available in Ghana for Ghanaians, our party executives are also going to benefit,” Mahama stated.
According to him, the advantages would include financial aid, job prospects, empowerment through business skills, educational scholarships, etc.
The executives who heard him shouted with delight as they were delighted by his statements. The NDC flagbearer candidate said that in the lead-up to the upcoming general elections, the branch executives would be in control of the party’s campaign, with the regional, national, and flagbearer following.
“This campaign belongs to you, you’re going to lead the campaign, the 2024 election is going to be different, the branch executives are going to lead the campaign, the constituency executives are going to follow, the regional executives will follow, the national executives will follow and I the flagbearer, insha alla will follow,” he said to loud cheers from the crowd.
Speaking to the ecstatic party supporters, he further assured them that the previous arrangement, in which campaign resources were sent directly from national to regional to constituency executives, which led to a reduction in campaign materials, would be replaced by a new one in which the latter would receive the logistics and supplies directly.
“Since you’re going to run the campaign for the 2024 elections, the branch executives will have the resources and logistics needed for the campaign”.
According to Mr. Mahama, the new approach will offer some openness and resolve branch executives’ long-standing complaints about not receiving campaign materials.