Founder of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, Mr Jerry John Rawlings, is not happy about the news making rounds in the media that, he has a preferred choice among the over eleven candidates of the party who have already declared their intentions to contest the NDC’s highest position.
The former Ghanaian leader consequently denied endorsing the candidature of any personalities vying for roles in the NDC as party flag-bearer or national executive officers.
A statement issued yesterday to the media by the former President’s Office stressed that he had not endorsed any individual or group vying for roles in the party.
“The attention of the office of former President Jerry John Rawlings has been drawn to publications in the media claiming the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has endorsed certain personalities who are campaigning for the roles of party flag-bearer and national executive officers,” the statement said.
“The Founder of the NDC wishes to make it clear that he has not endorsed any individual or group vying for roles in the party.”
The statement, however, reiterated Mr Rawlings’ commitment towards the consultative process initiated by the Council of Elders of the party, saying “we will not be stampeded.”
The statement noted that, that would allow the party to pave way for the emergence of true and committed patriots, “whose object and focus is to re- establish the noble core of our tradition and values.”
It further advised the media to crosscheck information about former President Rawlings before publication in order to avoid the dissemination of false and propaganda related material, especially during the campaign for national office holders in the NDC.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the NDC has hinted they will take disciplinary action against the party’s Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho, who they believe was on a separate agenda to betray the opposition party and feed it to the wolves.
In a press statement issued by the Chairman of NDC, Kofi Portuphy, Koku Anyidoho was accused of being the face behind a group calling themselves “Young Democratic Forces” designed to frustrate the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, and the hard work of the NDC in the recovery process from their defeat in the 2016 Election.
The party chairman further blamed the recent happenings in the NDC on the activities of some high-ranking executives to incite fellow members against the party.
To him, this shows their disloyalty to the cause and vision of the party.
“…the party bemoans the involvement of some high-ranking executives in this grand scheme to mudsling fellow comrades under the possible influence of the opposition NPP,” it said.
The statement further described Koku Anyidoho and his cohorts as “bought mercenaries” working for the opponents of the NDC.
The NDC has chosen October 20, 2018 and December 7, 2018 to elect its national officers and flag-bearer respectively.
Among those seeking for the flag bearer position include former President John Dramani Mahama, Second Deputy of Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, former Trade Minister, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) boss, Sylvester Mensah, former Vice Chancellor of University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Prof Joshua Alabi and Goosie Tanoh.
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