Sekou Nkrumah: I’m Rejoining NDC, But…

Dr Sekou Nkrumah says he is considering re-joining the governing National Democratic Congress but not in a hurry.

The last son of Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah was a member of the CPP but resigned to join the NDC in 2007.

He later served as Coordinator of the National Youth Authority in the Mills-Mahama administration following the NDC’s victory in the 2008 elections. He however remained a harsh critic of late President John Mills’ style of running the country which cost him his job.

He nonetheless remained an NDC member but promised never to campaign for then President John Mills or vote for him in the 2012 elections.

Dr Nkrumah however later pledged his support for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, the Presidential candidate of the main opposition NPP and announced his resignation from the NDC.

He recently said he belonged to neither the NDC nor the NPP following the defeat of Nana Akufo Addo in the 2012 elections.

Speaking to XYZ Breakfast Show Host Moro Awudu on Friday April 5, 2013, Dr Sekou Nkrumah said: “The options are there” between the NPP and the NDC which, he asserted, are the real political parties in Ghana.

He added that: “I will not be too comfortable with working inside the NPP because of the difference of ideology…I mean supporting them or the candidate for an election, that is a different thing but [to] really be involved in party work [with the NPP], I’ll find that very difficult to do”.

As far as his consideration to rejoining the NDC is concerned, Dr Sekou Nkrumah said: “Even the rejoining [of the NDC]…has to be also done in the right atmosphere because as I said, when I walked on my own to the NDC, what eventually happened is that things went wrong so in this case it has to be also with like-minded people so there must be an agenda or programme.

“It’s just wrong, you just don’t walk into a party and expect to change things; it won’t work that way, so you have to start working with like-minded people within or from outside and then find a way of positioning yourself”.

“I think that’s a more mature and wiser way of going about it; I think probably wisdom comes with time and exposure. I think my first entry in 2007…I think I was not mature enough to understand what was going on at that time”.

“There’s no hurry, there’s no rush because it’s not about Sekou, it’s about the political vehicle and therefore where…you want that vehicle to take you, where you want that vehicle to take Ghana”.