Officials of the ruling National Democratic Congress have dismissed suggestions that the recent wave of endorsement of Prof Mills’ candidature by some regional executives violates the party’s rules.
Last week all constituency and regional executives of the party declared support for President Mills’ bid to seek re-election in 2012. The decision came just three days after ex-President Rawlings met Ashanti region executives of the party and allegedly asked them to reject a second term bid for president Mills.
Earlier this week, NDC youth in the Agbogbloshie area in Accra also declared their support for the President. Just Tuesday, NDC executives in the Volta region followed suit, vowing not to work with any other candidate the party may put forward for the 2012 elections.
There have been suggestions that the actions of the regional executives form part of a grand strategy by national officials of the party to give the President a leg up ahead of the party’s presidential primaries in July.
But NDC National Organizer Yaw Gyan has denied the assertions. He said suggestions that the endorsements were orchestrated by the national executives of the party were baseless. If the endorsements received by the president amount to a violation of any party guidelines, then the responsibility is entirely Mr Rawlings’, the National Organiser said.
“We are all aware that he went to Kumasi and told some group of party activists that they should not endorse Prof. Mills, so if it is a violation of any guidelines at all, then of course, he would have set the pace,” he said.
In any case once the guidelines have not been made public, there cannot talk of violations, he surmised. Mr Gyan said people will be deemed to have violated the guidelines after the General Secretary of the party, General Asiedu Nketia holds a press conference – as he has been instructed to do – and announces the guidelines publicly.