Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Kofi Adams, has strongly asserted that the NDC cannot win the 2012 General Elections without the founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings’ involvement in the campaign.
According to him, it is only a dreamer who will think that the NDC can conveniently do away with the Jerry Rawlings factor in the ruling party.
Contributing to a panel discussion on Joy FM’s Newsfile programme, Kofi Adams stated categorically that every follower of Ghanaian politics cannot discount the contribution of the ex-president to the party, since it is abundantly clear the significant number of votes that Mr. Rawlings brings to the NDC.
“It is true that the NDC is likely to lose without Rawlings and every party person and follower of the politics in this country will know that Rawlings contributes a significant number of votes to NDC in all its elections; whether it won those elections or not. Only dreamers will think that the NDC as it stands now can conveniently do away with Jerry Rawlings…they don’t understand an iota of politics. We won in 1992 and 1996, lost in 2000 and 2004 and won again in 2008 and in all these elections, the votes that we have garnered as a political party…a significant portion of it was contributed by the campaign of Rawlings. So without his involvement, there is no way the NDC as a party can win elections,” he stated.
He pointed out that should Mr. Rawlings opt out of the NDC’s campaign, it will greatly derail the chances of the party in the next general elections, adding that the NDC is still a budding political party in terms of tradition and so far as Rawlings is alive, he will continually influence the party’s fortunes.
“If Rawlings decides to even just stay away and stay put, it will affect the chances of the NDC. An individual dreams and brings forth an idea, and as a result of that individual’s dream, something comes up…so far as that person is alive and politically active, he is needed and will continue to play a significant role in the party. It is different if the person is dead but once he is still alive and is political active, he is going to continue to influence the political fortunes,” he added.
His comment follows on the heels of similar remarks by another NDC flagbearer hopeful, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, who stated in a recent radio interview that the NDC cannot win an election without former President Jerry John Rawlings in the thick of affairs.
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