Former President Jerry John Rawlings
Founder of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings, has urged members of the party, especially its delegates, to be on the lookout for self-centered candidates in the party’s upcoming National Executives elections.
He said that “as we work towards the selection of national executives, we should be guided by the enormity of the obstacles well-resourced individuals with parochial agendas will place in our way.
According to the former President, “We have to confront these stumbling blocks and ensure that the image and strength of the party come first.”
In a statement issued by his Communications Directorate and signed by Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, former President Rawlings called on members of the NDC not to rest on their oars after the conclusion of the party’s regional elections over the weekend.
While the results of the elections are a good indication of the sense of purpose of delegates and the membership of the party at large, we cannot rest on our oars,” he stated.
In his opinion, “The scourge of monetization which has engulfed our body politic was still manifest in many of the last regional elections.”
According to him, some victors won through monetary and material inducements instead of commitment to the ideals of the party.
He warned that “we have to be on the lookout for self-centred personalities, who managed to slip through the net due to revolting levels of monetary influence. Let us not allow such people to dilute, contaminate and weaken the progress that has been made.”
According to him, as a party that seeks to rebuild and strengthen itself, it’s imperative that we see the results of the last elections as a small step towards confronting the bigger challenges facing the party.
With dedication, teamwork, truth and integrity, the party will once again rise to its once envious position in Ghana’s political climate.”
By Melvin Tarlue