Embattled Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams says the ruling party will lose the December polls if it goes into the election divided.
According to him, if immediate steps are not taken to settle the internal wrangling in the party, a second term bid to the presidency will be very difficult.
Kofi Adams was reacting to suggestions by some political pundits that the NDC could win the December elections without the Rawlingses.
They argued that even when in Mr. Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu campaigned vigorously in 2000 and 2004, the party lost those elections thus their [Rawlingses] absence from the NDC’s campaign trail might not have any impact on the ruling party chances of winning the elections.
Also, some government appointees are convinced that the 'unprecedented achievements' chalked by the Mills-led administration in its first term in office are enough for a landslide victory for the NDC in December.
However, speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday, Kofi Adams warned the NDC national executives not to delude themselves that they can win the December polls without their party founder.
He said even when the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2000 convinced Ghanaians that a vote for candidate Mills meant Mr. Rawlings would be the de-facto president, the NDC performed well due to the former President’s influence in galvanizing grassroot support.
He maintained that the attacks by some leading members of the party on Mr. Rawlings over his recent criticisms of the government have rather deepened the division in the party which he said will affect its electoral fortunes.
The spokesperson for the Rawlingses bemoaned the level of confusion in the ruling party and wondered whether there is a leader in charge.
He urged the national Chairman of the NDC, Dr. Kwabena Adjei not to allow himself to be coerced by self-centered people in the party who are benefiting from the rift between former President Rawlings and President Mills.
Kofi Adams said a way forward for unity in the NDC is for Dr. Kwabena Adjei to renew the reconciliation process between former President Rawlings and President Mills for a united front in December.