The Central Regional Communications wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it believes former First Lady, Mrs. Konadu Rawlings, is gleefully enjoying the subtle attempts to prop her up as a presidential candidate of the party; but warned that it will be politically suicidal for the NDC to elect her as its flagbearer for the 2012 General elections.
The Central Regional Communications Director of the NDC, Ben Allotey Jacobs, alleges it is the desire of some NDC elements within the party that the NDC goes back into opposition.
Mr. Allotey Jacobs says there is nothing like ‘foot soldiers’ drawn from the region said to be supporting Mrs. Rawlings as a sure candidate for the party’s flagbearership.
This follows reports making rounds that campaign posters promoting the former First Lady as a contender to President Mills on the party’s 2012 ticket are sponsored by ‘foot soldiers’ in Cape Coast.
Speaking in an interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi on PeaceFM’s Flagship programme, “Kokrokoo”, Mr. Allotey Jacobs, who sought to discredit the group stressed that “Prof Mills is the captain of NDCs footsoldiers.” He alleged that the perpetrators nicodemously came from Accra to Cape Coast paste the campaign posters in the region to make it seem it was done by people in the region.
““It shows an act of disrespect against the rules and regulations of the party, but we know what is going on in the region. People come from Accra to undermine Professor Mills in the region because they know the region is solidly behind him…Prof Mills is the number one foot soldier of the NDC…He led us from house to house, door to door during the electoral campaign,” he asserted.
He dismissed the suggestion that the former First Lady might be unaware of the group’s action and dared Mrs. Rawlings to openly disassociate herself from the group if indeed she does not endorse their act.
“…She (Mrs. Rawlings) is enjoying what they are doing. If she is not enjoying it she should come out as the Vice Chairman of the party and deny it; those so called footsoldiers who claim are supporting her,” Allotey stated.
The plain speaking former Central Regional NDC Propaganda Secretary was categorical that the NDC will hand victory to the opposition NPP on a silver platter and will never regain power should Mrs. Rawlings be elected the flagbearer in 2012.
“…It will be a disaster…and suicidal for the NDC to elect Nana Konadu as the flagbearer….In the unlikely event of Nana Konadu becoming flagbearer of the NDC, it will be cool chop for the NPP…Look, what we are doing, should we kicked into opposition, NDC will never resurrect,” he stated.
He averred that the campaign for Nana Konadu to be elected as flagbearer to lead the party for the 2012 elections “is being well orchestrated” by the office of the Former First Lady.
“They know. They are all involved…It is being well orchestrated…by those who are around Nana Konadu,” he claimed.
Asked if it was being done with her involvement, Mr. Allotey Jacobs replied, “I am sure.” “Are you speculating?” Kwami propped further. But the ECG Board Member stood his grounds and rather shot back, “I am sure”.