General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has reiterated that Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings cannot be stripped of his status as founder of the party.
He analogized Ex-President Rawlings’ position in the party to the buying of a car, which he intimated cannot be detached from its manufacturers.
“It is part of our history,” he emphasized on the position of the founder of NDC, adding that “the suggestion that we strip him of his status is a non-starter.”
Mr Asiedu Nketia was speaking on TV3’s 7GMT on Friday, December 21, 2012.
Mr Asiedu Nketia explained that the rank and file of the party only disagreed with the former president on some issues concerning the party prior to the 2012 Elections.
“We only disagreed on our government being a one-term government,” he told presenter Nana Aba Anamoah.
He said the founder’s nonchalance regarding NDC’s campaign only went to prove that the party can survive even after his death.
“We can be rest assured that even after his death we can be strong,” he stressed.
Former President Rawlings was reported to have openly declared support for his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, who ran as the flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP). Flt. Lt. (rtd) Rawlings’ action was said to have contravened the constitution of the NDC and he faced expulsion, as enshrined in the party’s rules.
Mr Nketiah, however, disclosed that the National Executive Committee (NEC) will meet to discuss that stance by the founder of the NDC, though he was quick to add that none of the NEC members were present when the ex-president made that comment.
He said NEC would have to get the full speech and evaluate it according to the party’s rules and regulations and the necessary action taken afterwards.
But the exigencies of the 2012 Elections have not allowed that to happen, Mr Asiedu Nketia said.
Asked by Nana Aba Anamoah whether he was part of those referred to as ‘babies with sharp teeth’ and ‘evil dwarfs’ by Ex-President Rawlings at different platforms of the party, the NDC scribe said he doesn’t “know about that”.
“Maybe you go to him and ask him those he was referring to.”