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General News of Thursday, 3 November 2011

Source: citifmonline

JJ Rawlings & Mills talk daily - Alfred Woyome

A leading member of the NDC, Alfred Woyome, has stated that contrary to general observations, the relationship between former president JJ Rawlings and incumbent John Evans Mills is smooth.

Mr. Rawlings, founder of the ruling NDC, is a staunch critic of his former vice president and now president. The ex-president has accused the current administration of running a very slow system and is unhappy none of the ministers of the erstwhile J. A Kufuor government has been jailed.

An NDC Member of Parliament of Shai Osudoku, David Tetteh Assumeng, has given an end of year ultimatum to his national executives to resolve the strained relationship between the two leaders of the party or resign.

However, Woyome told Citi Eyewitness News on Wednesday that both Rawlings and Mills consult daily on national and party issues in spite of their differences of opinions.

"Nobody can make Rawlings irrelevant," Woyome said. "Anybody that feels Rawlings is not the founder of the NDC then [that person] is not a member of NDC. Everybody is free to comment. Rawlings and Mills talk every day, who say they don't talk? They do talk, but opinions differ."

He mentioned that all is well within the ruling party despite pockets of wrangling bedeviling it.

"There’s nothing wrong with the NDC. NDC is more vibrant than before. .. The young guys who are in the NDC and other people of my age don't understand what is NDC.

"NDC is the melting pot of Ghanaian politics... It's a consensus party... That's where vigorous democracy is. There is nothing secret in NDC," he added.