Power Struggle In NDC

PV ObengTHE TRANSITIONAL team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) headed by Paul Victor Obeng and made up of mostly old guards of the erstwhile People’s National Defence Council (PNDC) is drawing sharp criticism from some quarters and members of the party.

The Transitional team, named by Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, barely 24 hours after being officially declared the winner of the 2008 presidential elections  has nine committees, comprising a huge team of 99 members to assist in the transition from the Kufuor Administration to the Mills government.

The sentiments DAILY GUIDE gathered through interaction with some members of the NDC were that some members of the team do not deserve to be there.

According to them, some of the members of the Transitional team shamelessly abandoned the party when it lost power in the 2000 election to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and according to them only a handful of  people were left behind to hold the fort and  do the ‘donkey’ work as they put it.

“And when they realized that we had what it takes to come back to power, they quickly sneaked in to be part of the winning team,” one peeved member of the party told DAILY GUIDE.

The aggrieved members were however happy that Mr. P.V. Obeng, king-pin in the PNDC and NDC governments under  Rawlings was head of the team, describing him as a ‘man with vast experience and talents’.

According to some NDC members, who spoke on condition of anonymity, some of the old guards left the camp of the NDC immediately after losing power with the excuse that they were no longer interested in active politics and would not want to be associated with anything about NDC.

They alleged that some of those members were however observed to be ‘nicodemously’ flirting with the NPP and other political parties, hoping to benefit from them.

Those in academia, particularly lecturers in universities, were particularly accused of abandoning the sunk NDC ship when it lost power with the lame excuse of going back to the classroom to lecture, and were neither active at the various places of higher learning where partisan politics was even rife.

“Those of us on the ground, who are vociferous and had become enemies because of our love for NDC and our resolve to fight for the party, have been sidelined for the sycophants to parade themselves as transition members,” they accused the decision makers.

On the sub-committee on Security, the aggrieved critics claimed that some of the members were aged over 80 years and close to senile, and that they could not see the rationale in appointing such people to the committee in neglect of the youth who might be young but have what it takes to contribute to an effective national security.

They told DAILY GUIDE that the young members of the party could make as much meaningful contribution to such committees as the so-called old ones.

They insisted that some young faces like Hanna Tetteh, Alex Segbefia, Koku Anyidoho, Dr. Hannah Bissue, Ludwig Hlodze and a few others on the team were neither enough nor sufficiently balanced to their satisfaction.

The critics were of the view that most of the people currently serving on the transitional team would worm themselves to become ministers of state.

“If this happens, some of us would be disappointed because our party in its manifesto declared a new NDC but what we are seeing does not suggest that,” they indicated.

They appealed to Prof. Mills not to disappoint Ghanaians by bringing on board the old people who may have lost favour with Ghanaians.

Meanwhile Ms. Hannah Tetteh, a spokesperson for the Transitional team, had stressed that the team members were picked based on their experience and that since they (NDC) and the NPP had limited time to transit, it had become necessary to fall on the experience of the old people.

Speaking on an Accra based radio station, Ms. Tetteh indicated that the old members were assisting the Mills government with their vast experience, after which a substantive team would be announced to form the new government.

By Wisdom Peter Awuku