The NDC at a crossroad

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 Source: Ofosu-Appiah, Ben

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With the NDC delegates conference

in Sunyani over and the endorsement of Attah

Mills peace is supposed to return to the party and all factions are supposed to

join hands, close ranks and work together in unity. However it is easier said

than done and it looks like it is not going to be easy to mend fences. The refusal

of Nana Konadu to concede defeat,

congratulate the winner, raise his hand, give a concession speech and pledge

support to Mills for the 2012 campaign is something that is going to hurt the

NDC as 2012 approaches. Nana Konadu should have been graceful in defeat and

Mills humble in victory.

Even with the contest over,

acrimonious statements are coming from both camps. It looks like the proxy war

is still on. FONKAR believes the process leading to the elections at congress

was not democratic enough and if the electoral college had been expanded to

give the grassroots supporters a voice Konadu would have won but it is worthy

of note that Rawlings did not allow the grassroots supporters to choose a

leader for the party when he imposed John Attah Mills on everyone through his

Koforidua declaration and religiously supported him for three consecutive

elections. Now it is ironical that the candidate he imposed on everyone refuses

to acknowledge him. Now Mills listens to everyone around him including the

Ahwois, and the octogenarian self

seeking and delusional politicians near him, and also the small boys and girls

but he stubbornly refuses to heed the advice of the person who picked him from

obscurity and single handedly made him who he is now.

Mills is not bound to take every

single advice of Jerry Rawlings but to be consistently and regularly ignored

even though the issues Rawlings is raising are relevant smacks of negligence

and arrogant display of power. Mills

said in Sunyani that the wheels of justice grinds slowly. It needs not. Has he

also heard that justice delayed is justice denied? A presidential term in Ghana is

four years and

does Mills need a reminder that he is already more than two and half years through

his term? There is no guarantee

that he will win a second term.

It is absolutely important that

Mills do everything within his power to accord the Rawlingses the necessary

recognition and reverence within the NDC fraternity. The NDC without Rawlings is

unattractive, it is just another political party. Rawlings is the conscience of

the NDC and the conscience of Ghana. The NDC is going to need his charismatic

appeal in the elections. He and his wife Nana Konadu already have the

grassroots support network NDC needs to prosecute election 2012 campaign.

Nobody in the NPP dared criticized the party when they were in power.

Rawlings criticizes his own party in

government. The party founded on the foundation and principles of social

justice, probity and accountability has been hijacked by a greedy gang worse

than the thieving cabal in the NPP.

The principles of probity and accountability

have been thrown out of the window, while the greedy gang are engaged in

property grabbing left, right and center and the president looks the other way.

Has the NDC turned into another property owning party like the NPP? You need a

strong leader who can uphold the

tenets of the party and the principles upon which it was built. Every

revolutionary party needs a strong leadership to keep everyone in line. After

the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro and Che Guevara had to work hard to keep everyone

in line to prevent fellow revolutionaries from looting the very spoils they had


Without such strong leadership based on

principles, the NDC is a cabal of team B

players, hampers and tractor thieves, gap toothed overnight millionaires,

incompetent academics, dark faced mansion building self seekers, septuagenarian

and octogenarian senile demented players coming back to loot one last time,

fat 4x4 driving clueless boys and girls.

The contest in 2012 is going to be between two equally corrupt political

parties competing for the spoils to demonstrate who can loot the nation more.

The NDC without the Rawlingses, trust me, is worst than the other parties. What’s

the point in buying a hunting dog if it can’t chase, nor catch a prey. You must as

well buy a sheep. The two leading

political parties are playing watch my back and I watch your back, chop and let

me chop small. I am deeply disturbed that nobody is fighting for the common man

in the streets. With the NDC haven lost its conscience there is no political

party to fight for the common man in Ghana.

It is never true that all we need

is another political party, an alternative bunch of suit wearers in a tropical

hot and steamy weather, a bunch of plane hopping conference attending, talk big

do nothing ministers. Do you think all we fought for is to have another NPP? In

every house you need a conscience. A

friend put it this way: a Ghanaian who knows nothing about truthful living will

rob a robber he has just arrested. It

looks like the lessons of elections 2008 have been lost on the NDC so soon. Le

no one be fooled by the crowds that meet the president when he travels. They

are all staged. Big crowds, singing and dancing crowds do not win elections anyway.

If you doubt this ask Nana Akuffo-Addo. You can always assemble those crowds with

money and the trappings of

power. Have you forgotten about the Kasoa NPP rally in 2008?

If the NDC manages to win 2012

(doubtful without the Rawlingses) then the party would have come out of all

this stronger but if it loses it will be weakened beyond rebuilding and might

be confined to opposition forever. All these people calling the shots now will

take their loot somewhere to enjoy and will forget about rebuilding the party. It

is up to Mills to reach out to all and unite the party but so far his lethargic

leadership style does not give much to hope for. All that this president has been

doing is cutting sod after sod but nothing concrete happens after that.

Ben Ofosu-Appiah

Tokyo, JAPAN.

The author is a senior political and

social analyst and also a policy strategist based in Tokyo. He welcomes your

comments; Send your comments to; do4luv27@yahoo.com

Columnist: Ofosu-Appiah, Ben