NDC demands immediate arrest of ‘Konadu’s men’

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Politics
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Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, former First Lady of Ghana

The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called for the immediate arrest of the various groups behind the ‘Nana Konadu for 2012’ campaign, since their activities do not only undermine the party’s reputation, but also have serious implications on the security and peace being enjoyed in the country. The Chairman of the NDC, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, indicated in a statement issued in Accra yesterday, after a Functional Executive Committee (FEC) meeting, that, ‘The NDC calls on the law enforcement agencies to assist it in identifying individuals and groups that may be engaged in such reprehensible activities, that do not only undermine the party, but also have implications for the security of our dear motherland.’

The FEC, after a marathon meeting, concluded that the posters allegedly originating from some footsoldiers, which had the photo of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings and inscriptions suggesting that she was their preferred flagbearer for the 2012 presidential elections, did not have the authorisation of the former First Lady and 1st Vice Chair of the party.

The FEC also agreed that it was illegal, and in contravention of the party’s constitution, to prematurely express one’s interest in the flagbearership position for the 2012 presidential elections.

According to the statement, the established convention states clearly, that such expressed interests or declarations of interest should not come earlier than a full year to the general elections, when the party is in power.

Internal wrangling in the ruling party has for some time now been the topic for discussion in the country. If it is not the display of violence by some aggrieved sympathisers at the grassroots, it is the struggle for power, as to who becomes the next flagbearer of the party.

The issue has, for the past two weeks, been extensively reported by the media, attracting myriads of discussions, especially, among NDC party functionaries, who have expressed great concern over the matter.

From all indications, the quest for power in the NDC has reached its apex, but the leadership of the party thinks that if the problem is not curtailed, it would have serious repercussions on the party, especially, as it prepares to retain power in 2012.

Posters of the former First Lady and a First Vice Chairman of the NDC, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, are said to be pasted in all the ten regions of the country, an indication that some political bigwigs in the party have shown interests in the flagbearship race of the NDC for election 2012.

Mrs. Rawlings had come out publicly to deny her involvement, but those behind the campaign have said their intentions were clear – to lure the former first lady to contest the flagbearership slot.

To them, she (Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings) was the only candidate with the requisite expertise to govern the country, judging from her political experience.

It all started during this year’s June 4th celebrations in Tamale, when ‘footsoldiers’ of the party wore T-shirts of the former first lady, and displayed a banner to propel her to contest for the flagbearership position of the NDC for the 2012 elections.

Since then, many groups, including the ‘Foot Soldiers Association of the ruling NDC, and Foot Soldiers for Unity and Victory (FOSUV)’, from different parts of the country, have joined the bandwagon for the ‘Konadu for 2012’ campaign.

This, the FEC considers as illegal, and warned members of the various groups, which claim to be campaigning for Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, or any NDC personality, as a potential candidate for the NDC flagbearership, or as a potential parliamentary candidate for the 2012 elections, and should ‘desist from any premature declarations or campaigning that may cause further disunity and disaffection in the party.’

‘The NDC does not recognise any group or grouping within its ranks, other than those specified in its constitution as integral organs. FEC therefore, warns all persons who have been arrogating to themselves the right and power to form groups/groupings that have the tendency of creating confusion, disunity tension, disaffection and general manifestation of indiscipline, to cease their activities henceforth, or face rigorous sanction,’ Dr. Adjei further warned.

Dr. Adjei also cautioned members of the party to desist from using abusive language and vilifying the image and positive traits of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, former President and Founder of the Party, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, former First Lady and a Vice-Chair of the party, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, or leading office holders, or they would face stiff sanctions.

The party chair, however, urged all members of the NDC to remain calm, in what he described as a ‘crucial time when the unity of the party needs to upheld and promoted by all.’

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