Indications from constituency and regional elections of the governing party to win the souls and hearts of party faithful have so far given more than enough signals that the national elections, scheduled to be held in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, on January 15 could be highly divisive, after cronies of President MillsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ group have accused the other side of character assassination and trickery in the elections.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Danny Annang, the defeated Greater Accra Regional Chairman believed to be a close ally of power brokers at the Castle, has in media reports promised to get at disciples of former President Rawlings, including the NDC founderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wife, Nana Konadu; Ade Coker, newly elected Regional Chairman; Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo and E. T. Mensah, for treacherously causing his downfall at the polls. Ã‚Â
DAILY GUIDE has learnt that Mr. Annang is on the verge of contesting the position of national vice chairperson of the NDC to slug it out with the former first lady who is also vying for the post.
Though Mr. Annang told DAILY GUIDE in a telephone interview that he is still consulting with close confidants and will take a final decision on the matter latest by Friday, the paper has gleaned that a number of incumbent party national officers and the newly elected regional chairman who are aligned to the Mills group are strongly supporting the former Greater Accra Regional Chairman to go for the national vice chairmanship position.
He indicated his readiness to put the machinations and trickery that caused his defeat behind him and move ahead as many party supporters, including those who voted against him as a result of the lies perpetrated by his opponents, are now massively behind him. Ã‚Â
The battle for control of the NDC began following the strong howling of the NDC founder, former President Rawlings, that he has been badly treated by the 12-month-old administration of President Mills, consistently warning he would take over the party he fought for with his blood.
He then vowed not to put his life on the line any longer for people he described as Ã¢â‚¬Ëœgreedy bastardsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in the ruling NDC.
He has also been firing tirades at the presidency for its mediocre performance and neglect of foot soldiers, blasting the governance style of President John Evans Atta Mills and his ministers.
And just last Sunday, in an apparent reference to former President Rawlings, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, an ally of President MillsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ faction and General Secretary of NDC, cautioned party supporters not view the partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s founder as a head of a spiritual church, warning that the party is likely to suffer the consequence of extinction like spiritual churches which die a natural death after the demise of their founder.
Affectionately called General Mosquito, the governing partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s General Secretary also literally threw the belief that the NDC founder is synonymous with the party into the dust bin of history after contending that the NDC should rather be run like an orthodox church which can still stand the test of time no matter who dies, saying it was about time the party stopped perceiving some individuals as thin gods and instead give equal recognition to all members.
He further infuriated cadres and disciples of ex-President Rawlings and his wife by suggesting that the 31st December WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Movement, a long-standing vote puller for NDC, be strategically delinked from the governing party.
Followers of ex-President Rawlings are fuming at Asiedu Nketia for offensively stabbing the former first couple in the back, especially after they reportedly backed his election about four years ago at the infamous Koforidua national delegatesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ congress which pushed out some NDC heavyweights including Dr. Obed Asamoah and Frances Assiam.
The NDC General Secretary was also given the opportunity to serve as aÃ‚Â Ã‚Â deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture under RawlingsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ administration.
By Awudu Mahama