Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has accused the current leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of buying votes, support and delegates for the upcoming national delegates congress, a thing she says is against the ideals of the party.
According to Nana Konadu, “a true blooded NDC leadership does not buy support, no we don’t buy support, a true blooded NDC leadership does not buy votes, we don’t buy votes, we work towards the votes, indeed we do not buy delegates. This tendency is destroying the spirit and the strength of the NDC and it’s a shame”.
Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings was speaking at the well attended launch of her campaign to battle President Mills for the flagbearership of the 2012 elections. The NDC will have a national delegates congress between July 8-10 2011 during which it will elect a flagbearer for the 2012 elections.
She further accuses the current leadership of the party of betraying the core values of the NDC, saying it “has failed to pursue the NDC’s avowed commitment of defending the will of the people and establishing a government that is believed and trusted by the people, a government with humility and sensitivity, a government devoid of arrogance and vindictiveness”.
In view of this, the aspiring flagbearer of the NDC called on party delegates to “take a bold decision – they have to be bold, and call for real change on July 8,9 and 10th, when the party goes for congress. We have to be bold.”
She joined a list of speakers including former NDC General Secretary Dr Josiah Aryeh, MP for Lower Manya Michael Teye Nyaunu, Dr Sekou Nkrumah and party founder President Jerry Rawlings to call on the gathering and party delegates across the country to help “bring our party back on track” by ‘changing the driver’ in order to retain power in the next election.
“Most Ghanaians are convinced beyond reasonable doubt something dynamic and phenomenal has to happen in the NDC for victory 2012. There is a level of hopelessness and despondency in the once vibrant NDC. We have to go back on track, we have to go back to the core values of the NDC”, she declared to loud applause.
Speaking right after her husband, Jerry John Rawlings had called for a change in the “driver” of the NDC vehicle, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings told the thousands gathered at the Conference Centre and those listening live on radio that she had “accepted your call to serve because service to the NDC and indeed service to Ghana is no new thing to me at all.”
She appealed to the gathering, the NDC in general and the entire country to support her as she fights against what she says is now a “politics of threat, a politics of fear, a politics of financial influence being imposed on our party that we’ve never ever seen before.
“Let us work to remove the politics of vindictiveness, let us work to remove the politics of arrogance that is being introduced into our party, and restore hope, trust and respect to our party and to the people of Ghana”.
Responding to arguments in some sections of the party that one does change a winning team, to wit, the retention of Prof Mills for the 2012 elections, the former first lady quipped, “If there was a winning team – yes, but the winning team which is already on the pitch must be willing even to be substituted by players who can play better, especially key ones whose performance may not meet the aspirations of the supporters. Let us work and guarantee victory for the NDC in the 2012 elections”.
Mrs Rawlings said she decided to vie for the leadership of the NDC in order to restore it to its core values of honesty and accountability. A Konadu candidature and presidency, she said, represents the future of the NDC.