Sunday, 19 November 2017
NDC inconsistent with its values - Rawlings

NDC inconsistent with its values - Rawlings

FORMER President Jerry John Rawlings has commended the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), for what he describes as the party’s “consistency” in holding onto it values.
He believes the NPP, unlike the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has been very consistent in living by their principles.

Mr. Rawlings believes that this quality contributed to the NPP’s victory in the 2016 general polls.
“The NPP are not so vulnerable. Whether you pump money into them, you try to corrupt them or not, there is a certain consistency by virtue of who and what they are and that figure, in terms of election could invariably always be the same. You and I do not have the consistency of the NPP. We have a different type of consistency but we appear unable to hold on to that consistency,” Mr. Rawlings said
He was addressing teeming NDC supporters at the party’s 25th anniversary rally held at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra region.
Rawlings indicated that, the opposition NDC could wrest power from the NPP in the next polls if it identifies its strengths and deals with its weaknesses.
“…We have the potential to win every election but we would first have to recognise our strengths and deal with our weaknesses”, Rawlings stressed.
The former President also reminded the NDC to combine unity with sincerity and integrity, saying “…Unity is a beautiful sound, and I would like to hear that. But unity comes at a price; and it is not asking for plenty of money. It is only asking for integrity, truthfulness and sincerity. We must come clean. Let’s come clean. That’s the only way some of us know how to live,” Mr. Rawlings added.
Ex-President John Mahama, on his part fired a gun scatter attack at the governing New Patriotic Party accusing it of suffering from a tragedy of unlived experience.
He said whilst in opposition, the NPP caricatured the government he led and created the impression as if it had answers to all the problems facing the country at the time.
He said when he as president admitted that the economy was facing challenges, the NPP in opposition, with its so-called economic wizard, claimed the economy was in crisis and that he had the magic wand to turn things around.
Now in government, the ex-President said the NPP is facing the reality of leading a country is markedly different from being a talk shop in opposition.
Under Akufo-Addo, he said, political party vigilante groups now have the audacity to beat up appointees of the President and even go ahead to disrupt court processes.
According to him, under his administration, he allowed the trial of the Montie 3 suspects to take its full course until the suspects were jailed for four months.
He said it was only after the convicts had spent more than a month in prison that he exercised his powers as President to grant them amnesty.
Mocking the new administration, the ex-president said the “no evidence” chorus being sung by the prosecutors in the Delta Force scandal, is unfortunate.
With his own party under pressure with members firing salvos from different quarters, the ex-President called for unity of purpose in the NDC as it prepares for the 2020 elections.
He urged leaders and members must to put all their differences behind them and forge ahead for victory in 2020.
The ex-President clarified that he did not blame the party for the defeat in the 2016 elections but said it is only when the party is strengthened that they win an election
Former Vice-President, Paa Kwesi Amisah Arthur, also asked the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to fulfill all the “170 promises” it made to Ghanaians during the 2016 general elections while charging teeming NDC supporters to hold the NPP accountable to its promises.
“The NDC must continue to champion the agenda of the people of this country and this agenda is simple. We have to protect the interest of our people. We have to ensure that the NPP government meets all the promises that they made. I have been told that they have made 170 promises. They have to ensure that all those 170 promises are fulfilled so the people of Ghana can also benefit from the work that they came to do.
While emphasising the need for the party to “move on” despite a painful defeat, the former Vice-President also called for unity within the NDC, saying “the 2016 election is over and it is important for us to move on because the agenda of the Ghanaian people is important. We must unite our people so that we can work together combining all strengths and attributes of the people in the NDC so that we can work for the good of this country.”
The rally marks the end of the week-long activities to mark the party’s 25th anniversary.
Other dignitaries, who graced the occasion, included the NDC’s General Secretary; Johnson Asiedu Nketia , and the NDC’s National Chairman, Kofi Portuphy, among others.

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