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Politics of Friday, 22 January 2016

Source: Graphic.com.gh

NDC member chides NPP

An executive member of the Amsterdam branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Albert Dodoo, has advised Ghanaians not to consider voting the New Patriotic Party (NPP) under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo into power.

According to Mr Dodoo, after a careful analysis of the activities of the NPP, he is convinced on a four-point resolution that an NPP?government would not only reverse the socio-economic development the country is witnessing today, but also divide the country on ethnic lines.

“The New Patriotic Party will reverse the gains of the NDC?when they are voted into power on November 7. They have nothing better to offer Ghanaians,” Mr Dodoo said in a letter to the Daily Graphic.

Mr Dodoo said Ghana’s integrity was breached and abused by the NPP?when they took the Electoral Commission (EC) to court to challenge the independent institution over their defeat in 2012.

Admitting that it was the constitutional right of the party?to pursue their grievances in court, he said he did not believe that deep down in the hearts of the leadership of the party, they respected the court’s decision.

“It is obvious that they have never been happy with the court’s verdict. It is evident from how communicators and sympathisers of the party kept lambasting the court’s decision,” he said.

He said the party had now resorted to stampeding the EC over the voters register by advancing some frivolous arguments to call for a new register.

Mr Dodoo said he hardly thought that the party, which had a strong representation at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and was committed to the setting up of the Panel of Eminent Persons to review issues affecting the voters register, would return to dismiss all the recommendations by the panel.

“Nana Akufo-Addo had said on several platforms that he was going to respect the decision of the EC?as far as the voters register is concerned. So why are there disagreements here and there?” he asked.

Mr Dodoo said the NPP, with its myriad of problems, was unable to manage its internal affairs and, therefore, lacked the capacity to unite the country.

“Governance thrives on teamwork. The NPP?cannot work with itself and that is what we continue to see. Because they have not mastered how to work as a team, they are divided against one another,” he intimated.

He said creative thinking was needed in managing state affairs and that called for togetherness in finding solutions to the country’s problems.

Mr Dodoo said the NPP had always taken an ethnocentric stand when it came to the sharing of the national cake and according to him, it was evident during their eight-year administration. [from January 2001- January 2009].

“Again, the NPP has failed to embrace the fundamental equality every Ghanaian holds as a right and has consistently showed through its communicators that there are indeed some Ghanaians who do not have that right to be Ghanaians by sheer merit of not being a member of a particular ethnic group, thus setting a rather dangerous precedent in our socio-economic structure as a country,” he added.

Furthermore, Mr Dodoo said, the NPP was noted for looking down on people, especially the down-trodden; “respect and confidentiality was a missing ingredient during the time the party was in power.”

“They only respect their own. If you don’t belong to their rank and file, you are valueless,” he alleged.

He said unlike the NPP, “the NDC, under the leadership of President John Dramani Mahama, treats every Ghanaian with respect, especially through consultations at various levels before national decisions are taken.”