The Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, has assured Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and her supporters of a sound thrashing in the poll to elect a flagbearer for the governing NDC going into the 2012 election.
The NDC will choose a presidential candidate for the 2012 elections at a national delegates congress slated for July 8-10 in Sunyani.
The man regarded as the founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings, and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, as well as a section of the NDC have described President Mills as a failure and called for his replacement before the 2012 general elections. Among others, they accuse him of institutionalising corruption and neglecting the ideals and principles of the NDC.
At the launch of Nana Konadu’s presidential campaign on Wednesday May 4, a staunch supporter of the Former First Family, and MP for Lower Manya Krobo, Hon. Micheal Teye Nyaunu, likened President Mills’ government to a Yutong bus that was veering off the road, saying the bus (party) could plunge into a ditch.
Warming to his theme, the avowed Mills critic maintained that the only way to prevent the bus from having an accident was to change the driver, and urged members of the party to support the former First Lady’s bid to be flagbearer of the NDC and eventually the president of Ghana.
But the Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, who chaired President Mills’ campaign launch at his Kuku Hill Headquarters on Thursday May 5, made a mockery of the MP’s analogy, saying “a mate could not replace a Chief Driver to take over the steering wheels.”
According to him, Ghana has had many drivers (meaning presidents) in the past, who were not perfect but were given the needed support to succeed.
“If Ghana were a bus, an analogy that has been used recently, then we have had many drivers of that bus in the past. Those drivers were not perfect. But what we have done in the past is to encourage the driver, help and watch out for potholes so that the driver won’t fall in…The practice has not been that we heap insults on the driver at every turn. The practice has not been that we say the bus should stop for another driver to take over. We all need to unite and work with the driver so that we get safely to the destination we want to go”, he urged.
Vice President Mahama said the upcoming Congress is an opportunity for the party to decide whether to grow larger or to remain in the hands of a few people.
“I am certain that the delegates know what choice to make, and I am sure that destiny will be safe in the hand of Professor John Evans Atta Mills. Professor John Atta Mills welcomes the challenge that has been thrown. This challenge will deepen the democratic credentials of our party. We are ready for the contest that is coming and I want to say ‘bring it on’” he declared.