JJ ORDERS NDC TO COPY NPP
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has warned of serious challenges for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), if it fails to, as a matter of urgency, undertake a purging exercise to cleanse its image before the 2016 general elections.
Of particular concern to the former president is the issue of corruption, which has become so endemic in the Ghanaian society, with the Mahama administration still struggling to place its foot on it.
As a way forward, the former president is advocating for significant reforms in the party and the expansion of the party’s Electoral College, as a way of handing the party back to the people.
‘Our party, the NDC, needs some significant reform to face the challenges of the dynamic global political climate. Our current internal structures need to be reviewed.
‘I do not think the necessary reforms required in order to clean up the image of the party are being treated with the urgency it requires. If we do not act quickly in cleaning up the party, we will, as I have warned before, face a problem in 2016.’
The former president made these recommendations when he addressed the chiefs and people at the 12 th edition of the ‘Dzodze Deza’ of the chiefs and people of Dzodze over the weekend.
According to former President Rawlings, President Mahama can only fight corruption within his government with the help of the citizenry, who are willing to expose the weaknesses in his government, and offer concrete advice on policy implementation initiatives.
‘There is no point in voting for the President and government and sitting down waiting for Accra. You have an equal responsibility to help develop your country by refusing to sit on the fence doing nothing.’
The New Patriotic Party, in August 2009, made significant constitutional amendments by enlarging its electoral college.
Former president Rawlings is of the opinion that time was long overdue for the NDC to offer better representation within the party to choose their leaders.
‘The time has come to enlarge the electoral college of the NDC, so a larger group of people, which is better representative of various local communities, and elect officers of the party, including the flagbearer.
‘Our officers and executives with integrity must support reform and should have nothing to fear. Let us not do anything to undermine the attempt to hand the party back to the people. To do so will be risking the life of the NDC.’
The former president used the opportunity to congratulate the people of Dzodze for maintaining peace within the region.
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