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General News Tue, 22 May 2012

DFP defunct; officially returns to NDC

A joint press conference has been held, Tuesday, to officially announce the return of the Democratic Freedom Party to the ruling National Democratic Congress.

By this declaration, the DFP now becomes a defunct political party.

Vice President John Mahama led a crack team of NDC bigwigs to usher in the DFP members who broke away in 2007 after falling out with the founder of the NDC, Jerry Rawlings.

Former Chairman of the NDC Obed Asamoah who led the breakaway, was present together with the then deputy General Secretary of the NDC Bede Ziedeng.

The return of the DFP comes at a time the NDC appears to be on loggerheads with the Rawlingses.

Joy News’ Presidential Correspondent, Seth Kwame Boateng who was present at the conference said both parties were in high spirits.

He said the NDC considers the DFP return a high point in their campaign, and needed the party bigwigs to be present during merger formalities.

The DFP said the decision to return to the NDC was taken by an Assembly of 45 members across the country with the promise to work hard to retain the NDC in power in the December elections.

Reading a joint statement, The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said as part of the merger all regional executives of the NDC must include a DFP member.

Two of the National Executive Council members who broke away to form the DFP will also be restored as NEC members of the NDC.

Nketia however asked all DFP members to apply for official registration as NDC members.

For those DFP members who defected from the NDC, the General Secretary said they will have to pay all outstanding dues for their membership to be restored.

He said they are all free to vie for any position when the party goes to Congress to elect new party leaders.

Source: myjoyonline