Former President John Mahama, Professor Kwesi Botchwey and Stanislav Xoexe Dogbe
Stanislav Xoexe Dogbe, the trusted aide of former President John Mahama, together with former Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Kofi Omane Boamah, have been heavily criticized in the report of the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee that investigated why the National Democratic Congress (NDC) embarrassingly lost the December 7, 2016 general elections.
According to the report, apart from the former president, who was described as living a life of a ‘movie star’ in the run-up to the crucial general elections, the two aides should also take a portion of the blame for the NDC’s unprecedented defeat.
Between Pages 26 and 27 of the 65-page Executive Summary of the 455-page report which the NDC has kept like a state secret, it recounted how the behaviour of Stan Dogbe, in particular, caused the then ruling party’s massive defeat.
According to the report, “Dr. Omane Boamah and Stan Dogbe were the president’s undoing. The president was virtually naked with the two around him.”
Apparently referring to the NDC’s much hyped garnering of one million votes from the Ashanti Region during the electioneering campaign last year – which never materialized – the report indicated that the votes could have been garnered from elsewhere, had it not been for the fanfare and road show-like campaign.
“Doing away with Stan Dogbe and Omane Boamah could have earned the president one million votes so he didn’t have to look to the Ashanti Region for the one million votes,” the supposedly confidential report – a copy of which is in possession of DAILY GUIDE – said.
“Omane Boamah and Stan Dogbe convinced the president that he was more popular than the NDC ticket,” the report stated, adding “The two were also the shadow actors of the government.
“The president’s inner circles were so intolerant that when you criticize the president, you are condemned.”
The report recommended, “If John Mahama wants to come back he should purge himself of Stan Dogbe and co,” adding, “…we will be surprised if President John Mahama decides to continue to keep Stan Dogbe, Dr. Omane Boamah, Joyce Bawa Mogtari and still have hope of winning elections.”
The ‘confidential’ report has made damning conclusions on the role played by Mr. Mahama himself in the massive electoral defeat of the NDC last year.
According to it, Mahama had let himself down with his attitude towards the campaign, saying, “John Mahama lost the elections and not the NDC.
“President Mahama ignored the Akuse strategy. It included no flamboyant campaign, no amorphous group, etc.”
Some have said that the damning revelation is going to make it difficult for Mr. Mahama – who is lacing his boots to lead the NDC once again for the 2020 presidential election – to make a comeback, but recent events show clearly that the former president is bent on becoming the NDC flag bearer again.
Even though the report has clearly recommended that he should not surround himself with persons like Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Omane Boamah and Stan Dogbe, among others, Mrs Mogtari, who was the spokesperson for the failed Mahama 2016 re-election campaign team, is still the spokesperson of Mr Mahama as former president.
The 13-member committee, chaired by Professor Kwesi Botchwey, with influential personalities like the former speaker of parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho on board, had presented the report on Monday, June 19, 2017 and the party subsequently formed an Implementation Committee (IC), made up of respected NDC gurus like Kofi Totobi Quakyie, Nana Ato Dadzie, Kwame Peprah, among others, to work out the modalities of re-organization of the party as recommended in the report.
However, the Implementation Committee did not even know that the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the NDC had already set up sub-committees to commence work until recently.
Some members are already complaining bitterly about what they claim to be a subtle attempt by the camp of former President Mahama to take control of the NDC so that his ambition to lead it again will be fulfilled.
They cynically claim that the Mahama camp is getting its people to head the various sub-committees so that the damning verdict about the former president and his inner circles in the report would be watered down.
The situation has gotten some NDC members of the grassroots – who believe the former president might not be the ideal candidate for the party for the 2020 presidential election – agitated because they are claiming that it was these same bigwigs who were indicted in the Prof Kwesi Botchwey Committee report.
By William Yaw Owusu