General News of Sun, 13 May 201836
We haven’t come close to NPP government’s corruption, ‘grabbing’ agenda – Kofi Portuphy
Despite having been tagged as a ‘corrupt’ and ‘incompetent’ government during their time in office, National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Kofi Portuphy has said that the Akufo-Addo-led government’s corruption record is unprecedented, something his party (NDC) has never come close to.
Speaking at the maiden National Conference of Ex-MMDCES in Accra Saturday, Mr. Portuphy indicated how disappointed stalwarts of the ruling government are in the president and his administration. Having pitched their hopes on a transformed Ghana through the NPP, he said, they are completely disgruntled at the turn of events and how the direct opposite of their expectations is what seems to be manifesting.
He said this while urging members of his party to work hard to avoid being ‘compared’ to the NPP and their disappointing performance and huge involvement in corruption.
“In the past one to two months, how many of them have not been exposed for corrupt practices, just grabbing, we haven’t come close to that at all, and we must not discern into the kind of situation they are in right now.”
“I’ve overheard some of the NPP stalwarts in their discussions, they are disappointed about the performance of Nana. They are indeed very very disappointed. They are themselves disgruntled”, he noted.
Mr. Portuphy however was quick to mention the fact that the disappointment of Ghanaians in the ruling party does not guarantee them (NDC) an automatic spot in the hearts of citizens such that they will be the ideal choice for 2020. It is for this reason he maintained, there was a need to up their game as far as reorganization of the party prior to the 2020 polls is concerned.
“It doesn’t translate to us automatic victory does it? No it doesn’t. It means that we must organize better and their last resort is to say that if Nana is not performing well, it’s a race to ensure themselves for the future.
“It must not be our ambition that we should win power and behave like them. We must continue with the humility we have as a party, we must continue and be in a position to win more hearts, more souls to the forward march of our party and I’m sure as we are organized now, you can help us better”, he said.
The NDC has since its massive defeat in the 2016 polls been making efforts at ‘putting itself back together’ by organizing programs for grassroot members nationwide. Unity walk across all ten regions of the country are among programs being held by the party to create a platform for interaction between leaders and members of the party.