Spio Garbrah set to challenge Konadu, Mills for NDC flagbearer race

Last week, the NDC opened nominations at its Party headquarters for all qualified members of the Party who wish to lead the Party towards the next election. Today, 10th May, is the last day for all interested and qualified members to pick up nomination forms for that contest.

Whoever is elected as party leader at the NDC Congress will represent the Party at the 2012 elections. If that individual and the NDC prevail against the NPP, that NDC leader will become the next President of Ghana. The first person to pick up a nomination form was Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, until recently one of my fellow Vice Chairmen of the Party. President J.E.A Mills, the President of Ghana and leader of the NDC, has also understandably picked a form.

Because I was a candidate in the NDC leadership race of December 2006, many Ghanaians, especially NDC members, have naturally enquired about my plans regarding this new opportunity to seek the leadership position of the Party. Many commentators have said that the mere fact that anyone in the NDC should wish to pick nominations forms when the party is in power and we have a sitting President, means that all is not well in the Party. Other media analysts have even wondered why the NDC has not managed its internal affairs in such a way that no one needs to contest a sitting President.Against this background, those members of the NDC and others who consider themselves as “Friends of Spio-Garbrah” and members of “Spio-Garbrah Fan Clubs” have called me and sent me various messages from around the country. Some of them have encouraged me to stay “neutral” by not contesting at all.

Others have urged me to throw my weight and those of my supporters behind one of the two prospective candidates. Yet others urge that I file my nomination in order to demonstrate my continuing interest in leading the NDC and the good people of Ghana someday. It has been a period for deep reflection, prayer and consultation. In the words of some, if my father and my mother are going through a “political divorce” it is better not to get involved or to support one side against the other. Other supporters, however, have stated that I need to go beyond simply staying neutral in these divorce proceedings, and have encouraged me to continue to pursue the “Peacemaking and Unity” in the NDC that I begun some weeks ago.

This is why appeals must continue to be made to all right thinking members of the NDC, especially the Founding Fathers, the Council of Elders, The President and Leader, the National Secretariat, and specific individuals whose voices carry weight within the Party to strive for a negotiated resolution of the current crisis before open warfare is declared. What would be the point of winning an internal NDC battle only to lose the more important war at a national election? It may be recalled that in 2006, a similar attempt at fend-mending was planned between those supporting my campaign and Prof J.E. A. Mills, but this was eventually scuttled, leading to long-term adverse effects.

If current trends in the party continue, the NDC baby may end up being cut in two at and after July 10, 2011. But like the true mother in the Solomonic story of two women contesting over the motherhood/ownership of a baby in First Kings, Ch. 3, the major claimants to the NDC’s future must agree to keep and own one united NDC family after the July Congress than to take pieces of a divided baby.

Whether I pick up a nomination form or not today, 10th May, 2011, the last day for picking up a form, will depend on my view of whether peace and unity in the NDC are more possible with me in the race or with me outside the race. So, peace-making in the NDC is still my objective and it is better late than never. President Rawlings, Nana Konadu Rawlings and President Mills and their supporters should be able to accommodate themselves under the large NDC “Akatamanso”, and if I need to become a candidate in order to have the leverage to help them to do so, then may God Help Us All.

The NDC must win the 2012 elections, but it must NOT destroy itself in the process of doing so.

Whether I pick up a nomination form today, 10th May, 2011, the last day for picking up a form, will depend on my view of whether I reach the conclusion that peace in the NDC is more possible with me in the race or with me outside the race. So, peace-making in the NDC is still my objective and better late than never. President Rawlings, Nana Konadu Rawlings and President Mills and their supporters should be able to accommodate themselves under the large NDC “Akatamanso”, and if I need to become a candidate to help them to do so, then may God Help Us All.

The NDC must win the 2012 elections, but it must NOT destroy itself in the process of doing so.

Long Live the President of Ghana!

Long Live the Founder of the NDC!

Long Live the NDC Family!

Long Live Ghana!

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