If the posture of former president Jerry John Rawlings at the weekend was anything to go by when he met the cadres of the opposition National Democratic Congress in Accra, then all is not well with the party he (Rawlings) formed with his blood and sweat.
The NDC founder who looked unhappy lamented that the party was being controlled by people “who lack integrity”.
According to the former Ghanaian leader, those with solid integrity and good character in the NDC were not given the chance to run the affairs of the party.
Addressing a town hall meeting of cadres and NDC activists at the Arts Centre in Accra at the weekend, Mr Rawlings inalso noted that, coupled with the lack of integrity, was a grand scheme by some propagandists within his party to cow him into submission.
These propagandists, he said, “twist the truth, especially my utterances with the aim of turning party faithful against me”.
Mr Rawlings, who has not hidden his support for the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu said, he (Martin Amidu) “is one such person who upholds integrity in the party, stressing Mr Amidu “should have been used by us (NDC) but no we checked him in, when he is an embodiment of what we stand for.”
In reference to his recent tweets on the robberies in the country, which courted some controversy, the Mr Rawlings said, he tweeted primarily on media articles about purported wrangling within the national security apparatus.
He said, his initial tweet preceded the spate of armed robbery incidents that caught national attention, noting that if such reports come out and “we cannot analyze them properly then people would always outwit us and our own people would also do the same.”
He could not have ended his speech without recounting the negative actions he clamed, he witnessed under the regimes of former presidents Kufuor, Mills and Mahama.
He was equally not happy with some of the negative actions against him which were orchestrated by his own party members.
He said, it wouldn’t have surprised him, if those negative actions and attacks had come from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), but said for these to come from his own people was difficult to digest.
The former president said, “we have many psychiatrically challenged personalities holding Bibles with many followers, so do we have in politics too”.
“And if we don’t recognize them quickly and find a way of pushing them out then we are destined for failure”, he said.
And this is not the first time Mr Rawlings had suggested to the leadership of the NDC to deal away with crooks and corrupt members in the party.
It will be recalled that Mr Rawlings in February this year took a swipe at the party’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodio Constituency, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye when the latter allegedly said, the NDC would recapture in 2020 so that it would release the former boss of the National Youth Employment (NYE), Abuga Pele from prison after being jailed by competent court of jurisdiction for willfully causing financial loss to the state.
But Mr Rawlings who was not happy with the MP’s statement said, “the corruption by some of those who were in office resulting in a humiliating defeat in the last election does not appear to have affected their conscience and reasoning in any way”.
Mr Rawlings said the quest for political power was not to release wrongdoers from prison.
He added: “If the quest for political power is to release wrongdoers from prison, then the NDC is laying its own foundation to remain in opposition for a long long time”.
“Let’s make changes for the better. Clear the bad and retain the good. Bring on board other patriots,” he said in a statement at that time.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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