The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is alive and continues to be relevant.
That’s the message coming from the Deputy Political Leader of the 27-year old main opposition political party, Joseph Andall while appearing on a radio talk show programme last week Friday.
Andall told the host of the programme the mere fact that there are frequent attacks on Congress coming from their main political opponents – the ruling New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell – is a very good indication that the party is on the right track.
He recalled that in 2013 – just after the sweeping 15-0 victory at the polls by NNP – Prime Minister Mitchell in a rather sarcastic manner asked if NDC was still alive.
The Number Two man in Congress indicated that every weekend, half of the contents of the Caribupdate weekly newspaper is devoted to praising the NNP in office while the other half is devoted to lambasting Nazim Burke who is the Political leader of the NDC, and the party itself.
Andall believes that if NDC was not alive and relevant, the newspaper would not have been wasting its time and energy on them.
Caribupdate is associated with Hamlet Mark, the current Senior Adviser on Information to Prime Minister Mitchell.
Speculation is rife that the paper is funded by former Foreign Affairs Minister in the Congress government of 2008-2013 Peter David who is now a full-fledged member of NNP.
David was recently appointed a Senator on the NNP side in the Upper House and is tipped by many to take over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at some time in the future from the current holder, Clarice Modeste-Curwen.
According to Andall, if the NNP Government was delivering on its election promises made to the electorate to enjoy its clean sweep of the polls, then there would be no need to attack Burke, as well as former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, and even himself.
“So the fact that they are on our backs, is an indication to the population that we are alive and that we are doing things,” he said.
Andall said NDC has been quietly reorganising itself in the past 22 months since the massive defeat in the elections by trying to make sure that the different committees and organs of the party are in a healthy state.
He said the results are beginning to emerge following last month’s
General Council session that was held at the GBSS auditorium in St. George’s.
Currently, Constituency offices are being opened, and according to Andall, the party is working steadfastly to ensure that each of the 15 constituencies have a functioning political office in short order.
He also disclosed that the party is making some progress in reaching out to various stakeholders in the country, as well as training a cadre of party supporters to enhance the leadership.
The NDC Deputy Political leader spoke of the need for the people of Grenada to be a part of the political process by first getting registered so as to enable them to be prepared to vote whenever general elections are called by PM Mitchell.
According to Andall, Congress is aware that there is now a groundswell of support for the party and the organisation is now preparing itself to be ready for any upcoming general elections.
“The choices that you allow other people to make will affect you very often in disastrous ways, so you have to stand up and be counted. Make sure that you play your part in building our country, go out register to vote, organise yourselves within the constituency, do not be distracted,” he told the programme host.
NDC which won the 2008 general elections 11-4 was routed from office by Dr. Mitchell’s NNP amidst political infighting by a faction headed by David that was battling for control with PM Thomas.
Political pundits are already predicting that Dr. Mitchell might call fresh elections in late 2016 or early 2017.