General News of Wed, 29 Mar 201728
‘Stop attacking Mahama’s personality’ - Ofosu-Ampofo
The national vice chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has called on angry supporters and leaders in the party to stop attacking the personality of former President, John Mahama.
The former President has come under severe attacks from members of the party who believe his leadership style led to the party suffering massive defeat in the 2016 elections.
Deputy General Secretary of the party, Koku Anyidoho is said to be at the forefront of attacks on the former President with his comment that he loved late President Mills but worked for former President Mahama being cited as an example.
He has been backed by persons perceived to be belonging to the anti-Mahama block in the party who are making frantic efforts to prevent the former President from contesting the flagbearer slot of the party for the 2020 elections.
These attacks, Ofosu-Ampofo speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo on Wednesday said was unnecessary especially as the party was going to campaign on the track record of President John Mahama.
“Nobody under circumstance should attack the personality of the former President and it is very very important statement because whether we like or not, in the year 2020 we would go on the records of his Excellency John Dramani Mahama…,” he said.
This, he said would happen whether the former President contest the flagbearer slot of the party or not for the 2020 elections.
“Whether he contests or not, we would do it and for me, he has a solid record upon which the NDC can stand to contest the 2020 elections…again,” he said.
The NDC, the former Fanteakwa MP said would be on the losing side if the former President is attacked and his legacy destroyed by his own party persons.
Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo said there was the need to enforce strict party discipline among the ranks and file of the party.
“There is the need to enforce strong party discipline, let’s ensure hierarchical discipline in the party…party finances is NTK, why would a branch executive member want national executive to come and account to him, for what?” he asked.
He further asked the party to crack the whip on persons who might go astray and make comments which would bring the party down.
The former Tema East Parliamentary Candidate of the party further urged NDC members on rampage to desist from washing the dirty linens in public as the words they are throwing into the public domain in anger would be used against the party someday.
He revealed that he has personality approached the Kwesi Botchway committee with his grievances and hence instructed all to do same.
“We have been given the opportunity with the formation of the committee…go to the committee with your grievances because I have been there myself and stop the attacks on whatsapp…,” he said.
The party after doing a SWOT ananlysis, Ofosu-Ampofo said have come to the firm conclusion that there is the need to have unity in the party going into the 2020 elections.