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NDC IN DIRTY FIGHT - Over Rawlings and Mahama

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There is serious infighting among members of the National Democratic Congress after former Deputy Chief of Staff under the erstwhile John Mahama administration, Valerie Sawyerr, attacked party founder Jerry John Rawlings and Martin Amidu over what she claimed was their loud silence on the NPP administration.

There is serious infighting among members of the National Democratic Congress after former Deputy Chief of Staff under the erstwhile John Mahama administration, Valerie Sawyerr, attacked party founder Jerry John Rawlings and Martin Amidu over what she claimed was their loud silence on the NPP administration.

 

Valerie Sawyerr in an article asked “They say he booms … I say he buzzes … like an agitated mosquito … looking for his next victim. Again, he heads for other Heads of State … describing their governance as riddled with corruption. Is he trying to say that his reign was unblemished or that his twin brother’s (President Akufo-Addo) reign is unsullied? Really?”

She was reacting to the speech made by Mr Rawlings at the 80th Ada Asafotufiami Festival on Saturday.

She also attacked former Mr Amidu and asked him to end his association with the NDC if he no longer had any intention of pushing forward the party’s agenda.

“What is Comrade Martin Amidu also babbling about? Martin, did I not tell you that your pomposity, over-bloated ego and sense of self-importance constitute your Achilles heel? Remember, when I told you (years ago) after a presidential press conference, that a directive had been issued that no appointee should grant a press interview in order to avoid any contradictory statements on air … and you screeched … ‘who are you … small girl like you … where were you when I was Attorney General’ etc etc?

However, the utterances from the Valarie Sawyerr seem not to have gone down well with some members of the NDC, including Dela Coffie, former MP for Lower Manya Krobo, Michael Teye Nyaunu, and some groups within the party.

In a response to a petition for sanction against him by the party, Martin Amidu said he would continue to defend Ghana’s constitution than be intimidated by members of the NDC.

“I was not surprised that the petition followed immediately after Valerie Sawyerr’s lying, incoherent, disjointed and drunken-like diatribes against former President Rawlings and me. Clearly the John Mahama faction, their surrogates like Valerie Sawyerr and the petitioners who admit to being failed parliamentary candidates at the last elections and others mentors within the NDC think they can frighten core NDC members like myself with threats of disciplinary action,” he said..

Mr Nyaunu also expressed disappointment in Mrs Sawyerr’s berating of the former Attorney General.

In a radio interview yesterday, he said, “I am disappointed about what she has said in the sense that Martin Amidu is one of the senior members of the party and he is once the Attorney General and he was speaking his mind.”

“For me, there is no need to try to stop people from speaking their minds in this our current democratic dispensation. If we don’t allow people to speak their minds things won’t go well. So I rather got disappointed when she attacked Martin Amidu like that,” he added.

NDC activist Dela Coffie also waded into the ongoing controversy, describing Sawyerr as a "poster girl for crass behaviour."

"Valerie, you want Rawlings to be critical of the Akufo Addo government? Not so fast. Rawlings won't fall for the bait. He will not take on a six-month old government with a four-year mandate. You need to get over yourself, old lady. Rawlings will when necessary criticise the excesses of the current regime but certainly, not at your behest,” Dela Coffie said.

Yet, another group within the NDC, Action Movement, has called the bluff of some party stalwarts who have been accused of leading the party into opposition through the pursuit of their selfish interest.

At a press conference held in Accra, the group said it was extremely surprised that hard working members of the party could be described as armed robbers and chicken thieves (Kankpe Wuor) by Valerie Sawyerr.

“Our former deputy chief of Staff (Valerie Sawyerr) campaigned openly for an independent candidate against the candidate the NDC party presented in the 2016 election, dividing the party in the Korle Klottey constituency, as a result the president failed to appeal to the numerous voters there.

The convenor of the movement, Kojo Hamnya Kedzro, said the movement was fully aware that Valerie supported Nii Armah Ashietey, the former MP, during the primaries, adding that after losing she masterminded the court action by the former MP.

“We are only wondering that, if Valerie, the former Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor in the last two administrations, can say all these about our members, party executives, who organise electorates, guide them to vote for the party, protected the ballot boxes, follow the boxes to collation centres and gain victory for the party for the likes of Valerie to be appointed, then, it’s clear what advice she gave to the JM administration.,” he added.