Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodio, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has taken a swipe at the founder of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, former President Jerry John Rawlings, for castigating the current leadership of the party.
Responding to former President Rawlings’ June 4 anniversary address, he said Mr Rawlings had “deviated” from the principles of the revolution.
According to him, “he cannot stand with Mr Rawlings in comradeship and that is why he has decided not to attend any June 4 commemoration because he [Rawlings] has in principle, deviated from the principles we all set ourselves for.”
“The revolution was not for one person… he [Rawlings] was the icon of the revolution but he may not be the brain and the mind of the revolution, the brain and the mind of the revolution has evolved around so many other people”, he said.
Speaking on Joy News in Accra yesterday, Nii Lante Vanderpuye said Mr Rawlings wants people to believe that, “he is the only saint among them [all NDC people], and the rest are all evil.”
Mr Rawlings, while addressing the 39th anniversary of June 4 on Monday, June 4, 2018 blamed factionalism within the party as the root cause of the party’s humiliating defeat in the 2016 general election.
Similarly, he said, the growing division within the party was also attributable to the increasing element of factionalism amongst members of the party.
Asked by the host of the AM Show, Roland Walker, what he makes of the address on Monday, Nii Lante Vanderpuye said: “It is possible he [Rawlings] may be the person who has veered, and not those people, because he cannot always be right and all of us wrong, he cannot claim sainthood in this situation.”
“All of us may have made mistakes that may have culminated in what we have today, but then the situation where you always want yourself not blamable and blame others is not right, it is against the principles we all set ourselves…I don’t care what he calls me, I don’t care what name he gives me, he has already called me several names, that Chorkor, Bukom boy, so many names,” he added.
Nii Lante Vanderpuye argued that they believe the revolution taught them the need to be together, to succeed together, to move together and be able to achieve together, but “I believe that in that vein, I have not been happy and I’m not happy and I will never be happy with his [Rawlings’s] continuous vilification, washing our dirty linen in public, breaking the code of comradeship and the camaraderie that I expected between cadres and people who are of the values of the revolution, because comradeship is also part of the values of the revolution.”
“…if you [Rawlings] who is the main proponent of these values, break norms of those values, then you don’t expect me to be able to stand with you in comradeship, so that is why I have taken a personal stand never to attend this [June 4 anniversary] thing. I will say it, I’m not a baby with sharp teeth, I’m a full grown man, I’m grown, I’m mature, I’m a grandfather and I said no one can call me a baby with sharp teeth. The truth must be told all the time,” he fumed.
Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH