Executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress have disregarded the party’s rules and declared their unalloyed support for President Mills’ second term bid, ahead of the party’s primaries in July.
Typically, one would have thought that the Volta Region, which strongly admires Mr. Rawlings and not just the NDC, would have backed his choice of candidate, but it appears the party Founder’s perceived campaign against President Mills, presumably to back the ambitions of Konadu Rawlings, is hitting the rocks.
Mr. Rawlings, who has ceaselessly passed judgment on the performance of the Mills administration, is alleged to have urged NDC executives in the Ashanti Region to reject President Mills in 2012.
At that meeting, he is also reported to have withdrawn his support for the man he introduced onto the political scene. But few days after he left the Region, the entire executives declared full support for President Mills.
The party has fixed July 8-10 to pick a suitable candidate for the 2012 elections, but it appears there will be more declarations from other regions even before nominations are opened.
Announcing their support at a news conference in Ho on Tuesday April 12, the Volta Regional Chairman of the NDC Kwesi Aboagye noted that it will be suicidal for President Mills to be replaced in 2012.
“We of the Volta Region wish to declare out unflinching support for the President, His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills and his Government. We wholeheartedly endorse the President’s candidature for the 2012 presidential election. We are convinced that with the level of trend of development which the NDC Government is bringing to all sectors of the economy, Ghanaians will readily support and vote for him”.
“Any attempt to change the sitting President as the candidate of the NDC will be politically suicidal. We in the Volta Region pledge to do everything possible to ensure and resounding and rousing victory for President John Evans Atta Mills in the 2012 General election” he stated.
Mr. Aboagye said although their action offends the party’s rules, it has almost become inevitable following recent developments in the party which is obstructing the President from delivering on his better Ghana agenda.
The news conference was attended by key members of Government including the Tourism Minister, Deputy Local Government Minister, National Propaganda Secretary as well as the Volta Regional Minister and his deputy.
Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, a Vice Chairman of the NDC, has hinted that she has plans to contest the sitting president.
But it appears her intention coupled with the nonstop attack on President Mills’ performance by Ex President Rawlings, is courting sympathy for the sitting President.