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Politics of Saturday, 12 August 2017


Ghana Connect: NDC at crossroads; will the center hold?

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) seems to be at the point of implosion with leading members of the party at each others throat over the future of the party.

With just eight months in opposition the NDC may be heading for doom with allegations and counter-allegations being traded, political analysts have said.

But the rift in the NDC did not start recently. In March this year, there was a similar top brass exchange of diatribes even after a truce was called as some supports blamed executives for their electoral defeat.

The recent epistle penned by Valerie Sawyer, a former Deputy Chief of Staff that sought to castigate former President Jerry John Rawlings and Martin A.B.K. Amidu, has caused a major confusion in the opposition NDC.

The ensuing impasse has become so intense that some political analysts are apprehensive about the future of the leading opposition party.

There are currently two visible factions; the camps of Rawlings and Mahama who are busy trying to outdo each other in their respective bids to take control of the party before the 2020 general elections.

Dr Sawyer, who enjoyed a good working relationship with John Mahama in a move akin to a proxy war, appeared to have set the tone when she accused former President Rawlings, founder of the NDC, and the citizen vigilante, Martin Amidu, of helping to send the NDC into opposition with their unjustified criticisms against the party.

The former Deputy Chief of Staff, whose father Harry Sawyerr of blessed memory served as Education Minister, attacked the NDC founder for creating the impression that he is not corrupt, before turning her attention to Mr Amidu whom she described as "Pompous with over bloated ego."

Just before the dust was about settling, former NDC National Chairman, Dr Obed Asamoah, jumped into the fray, praising Dr Sawyer for the audacious way she attacked Mr Rawlings.

Connecting was Dela Coffie, who penned the first reply to Valerie Sawyerr; Kobby Fiagbe, a journalist; Israel Venunye, an NDC activist; as well as Ananpansah Pasolo the president of Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN), NDC's wing at the University of Ghana campus.