A new group believed to be activists of National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper West Region has joined calls on Goosie Tanoh to contest the largest opposition party’s flagbearerhip race come December 7, 2018.
The New Independent Movement of Upper West is the latest group to join Youth Action for Development from the Volta Region and Greater Nzema Development Association to mount pressure on Mr Tanoh to vie the topmost position of the opposition party.
Mr Peter Temekuu, Secretary and Dominic Ziemah Andornye, Organiser of the New Independent Movement in a joint statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Wa on Wednesday said: “a very comprehensive and reliable assessment” on the contestants have found Mr Tanoh most suitable.
They said they were card bearing members, activists, elders and youth of the NDC who had agreed that the “approachable, kind, trustworthy and workaholic Goosie Tanoh” was Ghana’s best hope for national leadership.
“We are emphatically working and canvassing for support across other youth groups in the party,” the statement said: “Though there are other candidates, Goosie Tanoh stands tall among them and can deliver to our expectations”.
Goosie Tanoh is a Founding Member of NDC and a leading figure in the defunct Provisional National Defense Council that metamorphosed into NDC.
The statement described him as the man who represented the grassroots-based committees for the defence of the revolution at the consultative assembly who wrote Ghana’s 1992 constitution.
He was quoted as being part of the principal strategists in designing and building NDC in 1992 for a successful campaign during that year’s election.
“Goosie led the Reform Movement that was the first to raise the alarm about the problem of autocracy and arrogance in the NDC in 1995 and in 1999,” the statement said.
He was a presidential candidate of the breakaway National Reform Party in 2000 after NDC leadership was reported to have rejected demands for reform.
According to the group, Mr Tanoh re-joined the NDC in 2004 at the request of many party members especially late President John Evans Attah Mills and other comrades of the Party.
“Since his return to NDC 15 years ago, Goosie has worked with us and other progressive groups within the party to coordinate election campaign and strengthening the party grassroots branches,” it said.
The statement also described him as competent, unifier, fair and honest person with deep experience and knowledge alongside other personal traits like trustworthy, humility, inspiring and courageous.
They called on NDC delegates and sympathisers to throw their support behind the man they feel could lead the party to cruise victory in the 2020 polls. “It is our hope and prayer that Mr Goosie Tanoh will listen to our humble calls (to contest) and do so soon enough to allow us to build an effective campaign”.