General News of Friday, 22 June 2012
The office of former President J.J Rawlings has strongly condemned the National Democratic Congress’ scribe, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, describing him as one of the major threats the ruling party faces in its bid to retain power.
The General Secretary of the NDC reportedly urged party faithfuls to turn Rawlings’ own mantra of positive defiance on him. Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the spokesperson to the Rawlingses, Kofi Adams, stated that the party ought to be very careful of persons it refers to as enemies and rather work towards restoring the principles of the NDC.
He said the party should rather consider tackling the scandals surrounding Mr. Nketia rather than embarking on a fight against its founder.
“I want to tell the Secretary General of the NDC that if he feels the chances of the NDC in the 2012 elections is anyhow threatened, then his actions, his deeds and inactions are the reasons for which the party is facing this challenge that it is facing,” he said.
“We have not heard this kind of behaviours and utterances [from past secretary generals]. I see no reason why if our General Secretary goes to engage in inside trading business, [then] he feels that is safe and good for the image of the party, but the founder who is calling for the restoration of the values underpinning the formation of the party is the one that is destroying the party.
“The General Secretary must be called to order and the time is now. Those who keep calling and wanting unity and coming around to engage some of us, we can’t continue building when we have someone at the centre of affairs destroying,” Mr. Adams said.**