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Feature Article of Friday, 15 June 2012

Columnist: Thompson, Kofi

Will The NDC Survive Or Disintegrate Were It To Lose Power?

By Kofi Thompson

During the early period of the tenure of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime of President Mills, I remember wondering aloud in astonishment, in the Maamobi office of a pro-Mills NDC member, and asking him in Twi: "Eii, enti power paa enaa yedi adi agro sei?"

It struck me as odd, then, that having finally won power again, a political party that had been in the wilderness for eight long years, was being so complacent once in office.

I was flabbergasted that the importance of dealing firmly with the crooks of the Kufuor-era and focusing on securing funding for infrastructure projects from China, appeared to be lost on those in power.

Today, their failure to approach the Chinese earlier and their apparent reluctance to deal firmly, and quickly, with yesteryear's wrong-doers, has come to haunt them with a vengeance.

To cap their woes, they have already been served notice by the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) hardliners, that today's wrong-doers will definitely face the music, when their tenure ends in December, and the NPP assumes power in January 2013.

Yet, it could have all been so different - if this hard-of-hearing lot had listened to disinterested advice, offered for none but patriotic and altruistic reasons, when they first came to power.

At a point, exasperated with their obduracy, some of us even repeated the warning we gave Kufuor & Co., at the height of the arrogance of that grasping lot: no condition is permanent.

As things stand, only a miracle can save the NDC from losing their parliamentary majority and the presidency in this December's polls. The question is, will the NDC disintegrate or be able to survive in the political wilderness, were it to lose the December parliamentary and presidential elections?

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