The 2020 flagbearer aspirant for the opposition National Democratic Congress, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, has maintained that development of a nation should not be left in the hands of politicians, rather it should be a concerted effort.
At a press conference he organised, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, stated that “Politicians alone cannot develop Ghana, you need other stakeholders including chiefs, queenmothers, and civil society”.
He maintained that the country stand at a great position to tap its resources to develop locally and also look beyond mainstays such as cocoa and gold.
Furthermore, he apologised for his “indiscretion” after his comments on disabled persons appointed to certain roles in government attracted a backlash.
But beyond this, he refused to accept his comments was an attack on persons with disabilities as portrayed on social and mainstream media.
“For the records I wish to state emphatically that I did not say persons with disabilities are not competent to be appointed to public offices or Ministerial positions. Never. I did not say that. What I said was that certain wrong decisions were made in placing or assigning some government appointees. This wrong placement cost the NDC some votes. I cited three Ministers to illustrate my point and stated that they were all very brilliant and capable persons but they were assigned to inappropriate Ministries”
The NDC MP who wants to lead his party in the 2020 elections made the following comments during a tour of the Volta region to canvass support.
“I want to take full responsibility for the indiscretion in going public with issues that should otherwise be private to the NDC. I have learnt that such disclosure could raise emotions among some sections of the Ghanaian society.
That notwithstanding let me use this opportunity to clarify a few issues for the avoidance of doubt and to allay any fears of discrimination or non-inclusive governance, when I am elected Flagbearer and eventually President of the Republic of Ghana”.
On his presidential ambitions, he indicated that he has elaborate plans for ending all forms of discrimination and creating wealth to establish an equitable and just society in Ghana.