Benin – Kader Gbadamassi: “If I had to evolve and grow, I had to leave DRP”
In an interview with the daily “Fraternity”, Abdel-Kader Gbadamassi, the former president of the Democratic Renewal Party (DRP)of the 3rd boroughs justified the reasons that led him to leave his political party for Republican Block.
Honourable Abder-Kader Gbadamassi would probably never have had the opportunity to be elected as a deputy if he had not left his core political family, the Party of Democratic Renewal. At least that’s what the former president of the 3rd boroughs section of the Democratic Renewal Party seems to say. in an interview with the daily “Fraternity”, without a wooden tongue, he showed how his ascent was delayed in terms of his basic political formation. “After my accession in 1993, it was not until 2004 that I was elected president of the section of the 3rd boroughs. I held this position for five years. At the end, I withdrew to give way to someone else. In the meantime, I was elected a municipal councillor for the town hall of Cotonou twice”he said.A course he doesn’t seem to be proud of. “After 25 years of activism and loyalty, there was this frustration to see so many people coming after me and running for the biggest positions. I have always sought to understand the criteria for positioning on the lists,” he said.)
For the son of Moucharaf Gbadamassi, co-founder of the rainbow party this not that he does not deserve to be promoted like the others. “In terms of social actions against activists, I am one of the people who paid the most in this party. I did micro finance, I drew more than five thousand Identity cards at my own expense to those who didn’t have one. I’m not telling you the rest. I’m not used to communicating so as not to expose the misery of the people I’m helping,” he says.
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Currently a member of National Assembly, the eighth legislature,Honourable Abder-Kader Gbadamassi owes this meteoric rise to his integration into the republican block. A political formation of which he is a founding member, after withdrawing from the Democratic Renewal party that never offered him a chance. “If I had to evolve and grow, I had to leave the DRP which offered me no possibility of promotion. I have nothing against the party chairman, but those around him were a problem for me,” he said.
Yet Abder-Kader Gbadamassi is not without a career in his former political family, the party of democratic renewal. He does not hide from it. “I joined the Democratic Renewal Party on 5 december 1993, as deputy general secretary of a party cell in Gbeto. (…) After my accession in 1993, it was not until 2004 that I was elected president of the section of the 3rd arrondissement. I held this position for five years. In the end, I withdrew to give way to someone else. In the meantime, I was elected a municipal councillor for the town hall of Cotonou twice,” he said. He would have liked better, but the PRD did not offer him this opportunity. But thanks to the Republican block in which he dropped his suitcase after leaving the PDR, he was able to get elected as a deputy.