A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Benjamin Kunbuor says the opposition party is not at a crossroad despite some alleged division among the party leadership.
He said a year and a half ago he took up the responsibility of “holding series of internal party meetings” all aimed at reconciling members and easing tension within the party.
“We are really not at a crossroads, but we are at a point in which the roads are likely to cross, and we want to avoid a situation of us getting into a crossroad,” he told Evans Mensah on JoyNews’ PM Express, Monday.
His statement follows a series of developments within the opposition party which many have described as inappropriate.
Recently, the party’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi accused its leadership in Parliament and the Speaker, Alban Bagbin of betraying the NDC.
According to Sammy Gyamfi, the Tamale South MP, Haruna Iddrisu, and Asawase MP, Muntaka Mubarak “brazenly defied the leadership of the party and betrayed the collective good for their selfish interest” during the approval of some of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees.
Again, the party not long ago wrote a letter suspending its immediate Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho for some constitutional breaches.
But the former Interior Minister maintains that cracks within the party does not mean leadership is at a crossroad.
Commenting on the developments Dr Kunbuor explained that although he and some devoted members of the party are trying to keep the party together, one of the major issues that threaten to put the party at a crossroad is the ‘irrelevant’ subject of who the party flagbearer should be ahead of the 2024 polls
“And I said that conversation is not opportune, it is irrelevant, it is an invention of a problem for the party which they might not have immediate answers to.
“But that issue of who becomes the flag bearer is contingent on a number of many specific issues which needs to be addressed so that any flag bearer’s position becomes relevant,” he stressed.
Explaining why he views the discussion on selecting a flagbearer as irrelevant, the former Interior Minister said no one was challenging or posing a threat to the position hence, his inability to understand the haste to choose a flag bearer.
The former Nandom MP believes that the party mechanism in selecting a flagbearer is bedeviled with challenges and called for the rough edges to be straightened.
“Who has raised the possible question of a contest for a flagbearer?” he asked.
“Nobody!, why is it important and why are you thinking that you are helping anybody…why do you jump when nobody has pushed you. For all you know you will get to the flag bearer contest and there might be no contest,” he said.