“She is indirectly insulting the intelligence of members by saying that irrespective of how unpopular and incompetent a candidate might be from a certain branch, the members will go in a zombie mode and support that candidate.”
That is the reaction of the Vice Chairman of the California branch of NDC USA Arnold Appiah to the imposition of Texas as the venue of NDC USA Chapter’s upcoming conference.
Arnold Appiah has therefore resolved “not to go to Texas as a matter of principle to go and endorse such an alien illegality.”
The NDC US chapter in a statement signed by Chapter Secretary Steve Dei in a statement announced that chapter executives had settled on Texas to host the chapter conference even though Texas did not put in a bid to host the event.
This is despite the fact that a bidding process was used to select the venue at which the executives in question were elected and given their four year mandates, which are due to expire.
Speaking to Sena Nombo on the Gold Morning Conversation, Chapter Secretary Steve Dei explained that the decision was the initiative of the Chapter Chairperson Maame Aba Vivian Dadzie.
According to him, Maame Aba Vivian Dadzie at a meeting to consider the bids of New York and Ohio to host the conference, hijacked the bidding process and asked that a different venue be selected because members of the two branches were interested in holding executive positions in the chapter.
Maame Aba Dadzie pointed out that she was a member of the Ohio branch while she was aware there were members of New York branch interested in contesting positions thus proposed venues which included Texas.
The Chapter Secretary said this intervention led to the selection of Texas but Vice Chairman of the California branch of NDC USA Arnold Appiah says the Chapter Chair was setting a bad precedence.
Arnold Appiah said the Chapter Chairperson in arriving at her decision assumed that members of a branch voted for candidates just because they are members of their branch.
He said such an assumption was insulting and wondered which positions formed the basis for such a decision.
Arnold Appiah suspects the Chapter Chairperson’s decision was targeted at persons she considered a threat to her ambitions to seek re-election.
“She didn’t specify which category that if one contests, the branch would have to pay the price. One can easily assume that since she has a hidden agenda to contest again, she’s being haunted by other contenders who could easily defeat her. My question is what if we have multiple candidates from different branches vying for same positions in different categories? How would the party make a solid decision on that?”
“Furthermore, a branch would have to be punished by default if any candidate attempt to vie for any position at the top. It doesn’t matter how advantageous it would be to the NDC as a whole by virtue of the fact that a candidate is emanating from the branch it’s goodnight!” he stated.
Unlike the mother party in Ghana, NDC USA elects executives based on popular adult suffrage which gives every registered member in good standing the right to vote to elect executives if they are able to turn up at the venue of the conference.
Some members have already indicated that they are unable to travel to Texas to partake in the conference because of the travel time and expense involved.