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General News of Monday, 12 June 2017

Source: Starrfmonline.com

NDC has outgrown Rawlings – Boakye Gyan

The former head of Government and Official Spokesperson for the erstwhile Armed Forces Revolution Council (AFRC), Major Boakye has chided former President Jerry John Rawlings asking him to wake up from his slumber and accept that the NDC has outgrown him.

According to Major Gyan, the NDC is now a political institution belonging to the masses and not for an individual.

His comment comes after the former military dictator said calls for unity in the party can only work if there is a commitment to truthfulness, integrity and sincerity instead of a “monkey dey work, baboon dey chop approach”.

He was critical of how the political strength of the party had been undermined and wondered how that potency had been squandered.

“I am beginning to hear about unity, unity, unity. It’s a beautiful sound and I like it very much. But unity comes at a price. It’s not asking for money. It’s only asking for truthfulness, it’s only asking for integrity, sincerity.

“How many times have we not gone through this stage? Smiling and shaking hands but stabbing in the back? I say if we are serious, we are genuine, we are sincere, that unity can work,” the former President told a teeming crowd at a rally organized by the NDC to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the party at Ashaiman on Saturday.

But Major Gyan in an interview on Class FM Monday said the NDC had won two major elections in the country without their founder, a clear indication that he was no more useful to the party.

He, however, added that the NDC must not depart from the foundation on which the party was built.

“Though I must affirm to the general public that the party was founded on the basis of sacrifice and social justice, we also have to keep in mind that times have changed and these changes call for new ways of doing things, a responsibility that should not be tasked with the leadership alone but those at the grass roots as well as to enable us come back strongly in the next general elections in 2020,” opined the former military man.

He added “political parties are not formed with the sole aim of eradicating corruption but rather to win power to improve all aspects of the society including corruption.”