Feature Article of Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Columnist: Amenga-Etego, SaCut
There is a bogus and a porous argument in town. It is coming from some of my own people within the NDC. These people either have rickets of the mind or they suffer from historical amnesia and they need to deal with it with a sense of urgency.
Here is a remedy for that malady.
What is their argument? That the NDC founder and former President H.E Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings did campaign for candidate Mills in the year 2000 and 2004, and yet, the man lost. Therefore, it goes without saying from that warped logic that with or without President J.J Sitting president Mills will win 2012 elections.
First of all, in the year 2000 the loss was caused by the recalcitrance of Prof. Mills himself. Over 60 constituencies fielded candidates that were unpopular not because the party didn't know but because candidate Mills himself had chosen against the wise counsel of President Rawlings- who was so sure that if these candidates were not replaced, the NDC will lose both parliament and the presidency- to keep these 'unwinnable' candidates in place just to prove that he was 'in-charge'. This is on record- documented or not.
So if ultimately, the NDC and Prof. Mills lost the elections in the year 2000, it was his decision to loose and president Rawlings who is on record to have been unwell at the time didn't even campaign much for him once Prof. Mills had chosen to lose!
In the year 2004, the NDC did not loose the presidential elections. The election went into a run-off and everybody with a half-brain cell know about this. President Kufuor got 48 % against Prof. Mills who got 46%...Prof. Mills chose to give up the presidency against the very will of the people of Ghana. The EC never declared J.A Kufuor a winner in 2004. It was Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and his cohorts of the NPP.
And When Prof. Mills decided to timidly accept defeat instead of allowing for a second round, he consulted no one- at least not president Rawlings who was away in CONGO at the time and who has continued to insists that the NDC did not lose that election.
Prof. Mills gave up a second round in 2004 ostensibly because Kofi Annan and co. gave him pressure to allow President Kufuor a second term in office even though Kofi Annan did not campaign for him. One wonders what Mills may have benefited personally from such a cowardly decision.
So: the effort of president Rawlings in the year 2000 campaign was rendered useless by a self-seeking decision by Prof. Mills to maintain Parliamentary candidates that were bound to bring down the NDC..
And in 2004, President Rawlings' campaign efforts sent the elections into second round- and we know that no incumbent ever wins a second round- and yet, Prof. Mills gave it up on a silver platter.
Therefore those who remain wise in the NDC must use their good sense toward the founder and stop the ignoramuses from continuing to derail any chance of having the founder near the 2012 campaign on the bases of this bogus, porous and uninformed argument!!!