Dr Obed Yao Asamoah, founder of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has said that his leaving the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to form his own party has contributed to the improved internal democracy the ruling party is currently enjoying.
The former leading member of the NDC, who deserted the party in 2006, said he left because the party was at the time not democratic enough.
However, he has indicated his willingness to reunite with the NDC after he said key members of the party, including ex-President Jerry John Rawlings and President J.E.A Mills called on him to return to the party.
In an interview with Peace FM on Monday, Dr Obed Asamoah explained he has now had a change of mind because the NDC has demonstrated through its recently held Sunyani congress – which re-elected President Mills as the flag bearer – that it has improved as far as internal party democracy was concerned.
He admitted that contrary to his earlier stance that President Mills was not a strong leader – a notion he said was widely held during the 2008 election – the President has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is his own man and that he can stand up to ex-President Rawlings.
Reacting to comments by some pro-NDC newspapers – Daily Post and The Ghanaian Lens – which accuse him of being a traitor because he ruled out Mills as being a president of this country during the last election, Dr Asamoah explained that “…With regard to the comments I made in 2008, those comments have been overtaken by events…those comments were based on perceptions which were widely held that
Professor Mills was a poodle.”
“But we have seen what has happened, he’s been able to stand up to President Rawlings in Sunyani and I think one has to revise his note on that issue…”
Commenting on what he was bringing to on board, Dr Asamoah recalled that he was instrumental in setting up the party, instrumental in the success the party chalked in the 1992 and 1996 elections as well as in reorganizing the party after the NDC’s defeat in the 2000 elections.
“I think that my contribution to the party has been positive and it depends on what role I am assigned. I believe that I can make a difference,” he stated.
Speaking to accusations that he is going to sell the NDC to its greatest “enemy” – the New Patriotic Party NPP – since he switched camp when things weren’t going well for the NDC, Dr Asamoah said “well, those people must think the NDC is very naïve that they are going to allow themselves to be sold down the drain to their opponents”.
He insisted that his party’s support for the NPP in the 2008 election was solely and personally for its flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and not a commitment to the NPP as a party.
“I fell apart with some of the leadership of the NDC in the past, particularly President Rawlings because of issues of internal democracy and I believe that even in respect to that it is because of my actions that the NDC has improved upon its record. So even that was a positive thing and I think they should look at it in that way.”
“I am not going to sell the NDC to the NPP and I don’t believe the NDC is so naïve that they would tolerate that,” Dr Obed Asamoah winded up.