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General News of Thursday, 10 June 2010

Source: GNA

Vice President expresses displeasure on NDC divisive tendencies

Accra, June 10, GNA - Vice President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday registered his displeasure on infighting and perpetual disagreements within the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He said that although disagreements were part of democratic dispensation that gave party members the opportunity to bring out their concerns, there was the need to reach a consensus after such disagreements for development. "It was the strong will of our supporters and God that brought us into power in 2008 and we need to continue to appreciate God's blessings. If we have to continue the way we are doing now, then I am afraid, God will not forgive us for our disagreements and may end up punishing us for not appreciating His efforts."

Vice President Mahama was addressing the Tema Sub-Region members of the United Cadre Front, a Socialist and Communist component of the NDC. The meeting, made up party members and sympathizers from Tema and its surrounding areas, was organized to inform the Vice President on some of their activities and the way forward to win the 2012 general election. It also offered the Vice President the opportunity to explain some government policies to them.

He said political parties like any other human institutions were characterized by disagreements because different talents and orientations, but the ability of those members to manage their disagreements was necessary for them to forge ahead.

Mr. Mahama, who was apparently referring to some of the rebellious activities of party members, advised them against the use of divisive tendencies to destroy the party in future elections. "I am however happy that some of these issues are raised now, if it was an election year we would have been in trouble. A divided body cannot stand just like others say 'united we stand and divided we fall." He called on them to exercise restrain and continue to propagate the achievements for them to win subsequent elections, rather than dwelling so much on petty issues that would not enhance the development of the party. "Our destiny is in our own hands and if we throw it others will trample upon it and if we hold it tight, it is for our benefit." Nana Otuo Barimah, a representative of the United Cadre Front, called on members to desist from expressing their political ambitions and rather support the current leadership to reshape the economy. He said that "It is premature to be talking of positions now, when we have the task of winning more souls to enable us to consolidate our position in the next general election."

Nana Barimah said it was "immoral, unholy and unfortunate" for people to be thinking of parochial interest instead of fighting for something that will benefit all of us in this country." He commended the Government for taking measures to improve roads, schools and school facilities in the country.