Oct 16, 2012 at 11:52am
NDP Delegates Convention And Lessons For NDC
COMMENTARY ON THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, NDP NATIONAL DELEGATES CONVENTION AND LESSONS FOR THE RULING NDC
The success of the National Democratic Party national Convention in Kumasi cannot be discounted. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, former first lady managed to worm her way into the hearts of delegates to be acclaimed as flagbearer of the party for the 2012 general election. Barely 24 hours before the Convention, the then Acting General Secretary, Dr. Mamboah Rockson and some Upper East Regional Executives resigned to re-join the NDC. The defectors say they were misled into joining the NDP with the intention of destroying the NDC. Dr. Mamboah Rockson specifically cited what he called the micro management of the National Executive Committee by Nana Konadu as his reason for leaving the NDP. He alleged that, Nana Konadu was manipulating the party and superseding decisions taken by its Executive. Earlier, another promoter of the party, Dr. Ofei Agyeman had also resigned giving reasons as lack of direction and indecisiveness by the front line membership.
The chickens have come home to roost. It is now clear that the Rawlingses especially Nana Konadu, has played a key role in the formation of the NDP to scuttle the chances of the NDC in winning the December elections. Speeches by former President Rawlings before and during the NDP Convention show that he fully supports the destabilising attempts by the NDP to ruin the NDC. Most people see his open declaration of support for the wife, Nana Konadu as smacking of nepotism which is synonymous to corruption. Indeed, Mr. Rawlings as founder of the NDC breached his fiduciary duties to that party with his open support to the wife as flagbearer of the NDP. This action seriously breaches the Constitution of the NDC.
It is unfortunate the Rawlingses think they can eat their cake and have it. After 19 years of being at the helm of affairs of this country, Mr. Rawlings still wants to call the shots albeit through a proxy, the wife. During the last campaign season the clarion call of the opposition was that a vote for Atta Mills was a vote for Rawlings. Going by this logic, a vote for Nana Konadu will definitely be for Mr. Rawlings. It all started during the later stages of the tenure of late President Atta Mills. Mrs. Rawlings contested the late President for the flagbearership of the NDC. She suffered a humiliating defeat garnering just about three percent of the votes. In her bitterness she attempted claiming back the umbrella logo of the NDC which she alleged was her intellectual property and has been duly registered with the Copyright Administrator. When this did not materialise, it is believed she masterminded the formation of the NDP which has similar colours with the NDC. Analysts believe with just two months to national elections, there is little Nana Konadu can do to make a great impact yet she couldn't be convinced out of the contest. The agenda perhaps is to take a chunk of the votes from the NDC just to send them to opposition. Nana Konadu still has in her grips the Nsawam Cannery yet, the Rawlingses continue to champion the cause of transparency, probity and accountability. If for nothing at all, Ghanaians should be credited with some level of discernment. In the AFRC - PNDC era people were prosecuted for having just two toilets in their homes.
Indeed, the agenda to ensure that the Mills-Mahama regime and by extension, the Mahama - Amissah Arthur becomes a single tenure Presidency is on course. Mr. Rawlings once proclaimed "we are fighting a perceived enemy and a traitor ......one must go". Now the battle lines are drawn and the NDC must learn vital lessons from antecedents to the formation of the NDP so that they cease putting their hope and trust in mere mortals. From his utterances at the NDP Convention, it should now be obvious to members of the NDC that their founder is not on their side. The fly that refuses to heed advise it is said follows the corpse to the grave. Mr. Rawlings must be bold to resign from the NDC as its founder as Nana Konadu has done. It is good the intention of Mr. Rawlings has been out this early. The NDC must therefore re-strategise to meet the challenges head on. Principles and integrity count a lot in politics. Nobody points to the father's house with the left finger. It is in the best interest of former President Rawlings to re-think his position to work toward safeguarding his own legacies which he literally laid his life down for. The biggest political suicide the NDC will commit is to go into the campaign with former President Rawlings in view of the traits he has exhibited.
BY: JUSTICE MINGLE, A JOURNALIST.