Former president, John Dramani Mahama has charged members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be more formidable and a voice for the voiceless for Ghanaians.
Mr Mahama told enthusiastic party supporters after a health walk in Tamale dubbed; 'Unity Walk' at Kulikuli school in Chaglli that, the party has two responsibilities: "to be a formidable opposition and be the voice for the voiceless to point out where government is wrong so that they (government) can correct their mistakes in the interest of Ghanaians."
The nationwide Walk sphere headed by some national executives of the party is aimed at fostering unity in preparation to wrestle power from the governing New Patriotic Party in 2020 general elections.
The NDC he said needs to reorganize, re-strategize and analyze reasons why the party lost the 2016 elections.
"The tongue and teeth once a while quarrel and time has must for all put differences aside and work together, Mr Mahama said. "The spirit of our party is alive, we did our best in 2016 but the outcome was not what we expected but God never make mistake.
He continued: "If God had not let the NDC stepped aside, Ghanaians will never have appreciated anything the NDC had done because they will have said, if Nana Addo had won, the price of petrol will have been reduced and electricity tariffs sliced and employment provided to the unemployed. We are experiencing and we are living in it now and no amount of propaganda can make Ghanaians oblivious to their own living." conditions because they are living it the former president stated.
According to the former president, for any political party after defeat in election, the need for healing arises as defeat leads to quarrel and there will definitely be disagreement as to who caused that defeat. Psychologists refer to the process as catharsis, and after 8 months of of quarreling and accusations, the time has come for party members to put all disagreements behind and focus on the battle of 2020 general elections.
The former president also commended the minority group in parliament saying that even though they are few, they are very a responsible minority, they have to keep government on its toes.
The walk brought together some former appointees including Julius Debra-former chief of staff, former Ghana ambassador to Angola -Moses Abukari Mabengba, Mahama Ayariga-MP for Buwku central and former minister of environment, science and technology, minority leader and MP for Tamale south -Haruna Iddrisu, former Roads and high minister and MP for Tamale central-Inusah Fuseini, A.B.A Fuseini-MP for Sagnarigu and former deputy northern regional minister, Abdallah Abukari-former northern regional minister and the member of parliament for Tamale north, Alhassan Sayibu Suhiyini among others.