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NDC GURUS COMMEND ATTACK ON RAWLINGS - Obed says he not Party Founder

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On June 20, 2017, while speaking on PM Express on Multi TV, Kofi Adams, National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress, cautioned that members of the party who would subject former President Rawlings to verbal attacks would be dealt with.

On June 20, 2017, while speaking on PM Express on Multi TV, Kofi Adams, National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress, cautioned that members of the party who would subject former President Rawlings to verbal attacks would be dealt with.

 

“I believe that those who have had verbal diarrhea and gone on all kinds of attacks and talking anyhow [against Mr Rawlings]; such persons will have to be advised to cease or will not have to speak on behalf of the party...we are not going to tolerate such things,” he said.

Commenting on the aspect of the Kwesi Botchwey Report which called for reconciliation between the NDC and its Founder, Mr Adams said his former boss remained “a huge tower” and “the fountain of knowledge” in the party.

Mr Adams, therefore, urged the rank and file of the the party to see him as a key factor in efforts to reorganise the party.

But his advice has been treated with complete scorn, with renewed attacks on Mr Rawlings, spearheaded by a former Deputy Chief of Staff under the erstwhile Mahama administration.

Valerie Sawyerr wrote in a recent article: “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?”

Dr Sawyerr has since been commended by some key members of the NDC, including former Chairamn Obed Asamoah, Yamoah Ponkoh, former MCE for Ejisu-Juaben, and Alhaji Bature, for her attacks on the party’s Founder.

Speaking on Citi Fm, Alhaji Bature called on other NDC members to follow her example and speak directly to the former president, referring to those who are mute as cowards.

“The cowards in the party should now come out and take a cue from what this lady has done,” Bature demanded.

For his party, Yamoah Ponkoh said the outburst Dr Sawyerr had exposed the timidity of the men in the party.

“She has proven to be brave and courageous. I will want to plead with traditional authorities in Ejisu and Asanteman to allow me confer on her the title of modern day Yaa Asantewaa. She has done a great job and I will want to use your platform to congratulate her,” he said on OK FM.

Dr Obed Asamoah, also in an interview Joy FM, congratulated Dr Sawyerr. “In fact, I congratulated her. I sent a text message congratulating her for speaking her mind. I think it is very good for the party and good for the country. People should speak up their minds; they shouldn’t be intimidated by anybody or terrorised by anybody. She's spoken her mind and she is entitled to do so,” he disclosed.

Meanwhile, Dr Asamoah has rekindled the age-long debate over the Founder status of Mr Rawlings, insisting that the former president cannot be described as the founder of the NDC.

According to the NDC former Chairman, at the time of filing for the registration of the party, the ex-President was still in the Ghana Armed Forces and so could not have represented any district as a founding father.

“I dealt with the application of the NDC to the Electoral Commission for registration. The law at the time, and still the law is the same, is that you must have founders from the different districts to sign the papers. I can show you the duplicate of the papers. They are here right now because I dealt with that whole process and President Rawlings’ name is not on that list,” he stated.