Outgoing northern regional chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Mr. Sofo Awudu Azorka on Friday told participants at the party's delegates conferences in Tamale that the survival of the party hinges on decisions they make.
He reminded delegates that the victory of the party will be determined by the caliber of executives they elect.
In his open remarks at the Alhaji Aliu Mahama sports stadium, the maverick politician mentioned unity, victory and survival of NDC as key things the NDC needs to win the 2020 general elections.
Chief Azorka, the incumbent regional party chairman who is not seeking reelection cautioned the delegates against electing incompetent people. He has bowed out the chairmanship race to pave way for new faces to lead the party.
He commended the party's members of parliament for their continuous support for the party’s regional executives. In all, 71 aspirants are vying for the 16 positions that are up for grabs. Six persons including a former northern regional minister are in the regional chairman's race.
They are Moses Bukari Mabengba, Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila, Alhaji Umar Farouk, Alhaji Asumah Musah, (Asumah Kalpohin), Godfrey A. Wumbei (the regional Organizer) and Alhaji Mohammed Sumani Zakariah.
The outgoing regional secretary, Mr. Halid Abdul Rauf admitted his failure and that of his colleagues to deliver victory in the 31 constituencies and in the presidential elections. He blamed serious command structure for the disunity among executives, adding that the syndrome of "we are all elected" engulfed the leadership.
He pointed out that the MMDCES and the regional minister were not allowed to work effectively and attributed the NDC's humiliating defeat to what he called wicked promises by the NPP led by then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.
Mr. Raul observed that the former executives did their best to increase votes for both the presidential and parliamentary elections even though it did not lead to victory.The political tsunami that swept across the country didn't spare the north, hence the party loss of two seats. The party managed to recapture Kumbungu, Tatale, Tamale North and Zabzugu. But it painfully lost the Savelugu seat because party supporters there said the party was not deserving of victory.
He admitted that the former president, Mr. John Dramani Mahama provided the party in the region with huge final resources and his brother Ibrahim Mahama also provided two pick cups to support the party's activities.
"If nobody praised us we will praise ourselves because we did our best under the circumstances," Mr. Rauf told the delegates.