Politics of Mon, 14 Aug 201731
Unfair to summon Amidu without Rawlings – Victor Smith
Former Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Victor Smith has said it would be unfair for the leadership of the National Democratic Congress to summon former Attorney General Martin Amidu without the founder of the party Jerry John Rawlings.
“Personally, I think it will be difficult that the party leadership will summon Martin Amidu over his utterances that bring the party into disrepute without calling on ex-President Rawlings. You can’t call one party stalwart and leave the other, that will be really bad. We need to look for a better way of dealing with this situation,” he told Accra based Kasapa FM.
His comments follow a petition calling on the leadership of the party to take disciplinary actions against Mr Amidu over his epistles and public utterances that brings the party to disrepute.
According to the former Eastern Regional minister, there is no one in the party who is above the party’s laws.
He added “I think the Founder can speak in house, he doesn’t have to go on public platform to speak about what it is with the NDC party that worries him.
I think that is not in order, if you’re a founder you’re the father of the party, if you’re not happy about something there’re channels that you can use and not to go public. I don’t think there’s anybody with the NDC who’s above the laws that govern the party.”
He, however, expressed astonishment that ex-President Rawlings persistently goes public with what he considers to be wrong with the NDC.
“That fact that he continues to criticize the NDC publicly is what shocks me because he still has a say within the party. None of the NDC elders will turn down an invitation from ex-President Rawlings to come over so they discuss certain happenings in the party that bothers him, so I just don’t understand the need for him to be washing the NDC dirty linen in public. Too much of Mr Rawlings public attack on the NDC angers a lot of people, because we have a long way to go in ensuring party unity and moving forward,” he noted.