The war between the Nana Kondu-led National Democratic Party (NDP) and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) looks far from over.
Recent comments by the Founder and the Chairman of the NDP, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and Dr. Nii Armah Josiah Aryeh respectively, in which they spoke against the increasing levels of corruption in the NDC government, seems to have resurrected the rivalry between the two – with the latest onslaught coming from the NDP, which is the splinter group of the NDC.
A statement issued by the General Secretary of the NDP, H. F. Amoako, lambasted the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia (popularly called General Mosquito), over comments made by him in his (Mosquito’s) reaction to the statement made by Dr. Josiah Aryeh in Kumasi on 15 February, 2014, at the NDP’s Ashanti Regional Conference.
According to the NDP, ‘The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in his statement, sought to level serious allegation on the person of Dr. Josiah Aryeh, which we find defamatory and an assassination of character,’ adding, ‘The impunity must stop.’
‘As a political party,’ the NDP said, ‘We believe in freedom of speech, which is a fundamental right of every citizen of Ghana, hence, one can chose to disagree to an opinion on national issues and problems confronting our nation.’
They party wondered, ‘Why is Asiedu Nketia so terrified of a political opinion expressed calmly without violence? What has he to hide? Is he merely holding a fig-leaf for government?’
NDP noted that, ‘Ghana’s current political situation under the NDC is seriously driving this country into a pit of despondency due to poor leadership and lack of vision.’
‘Over the past few years,’ the NDP stated, ‘We have seen corrupt politicians rise from depths of poverty to glittering and unaccountable affluence, often by sudden flight from days of student hardship to lofty ministerial positions without any work records.’
The statement added, ‘We have also witnessed down-and-out politicians re-invent themselves as implacable and unconscientious defenders of wrongful deeds in high places.’
According to the NDP, ‘corruption and state sponsored looting by government officials and their cronies, is leaving the ordinary Ghanaian in absurd poverty.’
This, the statement pointed out, was because the current rot of corruption is so overwhelming that the party would not be surprised by an unprecedented call for a thorough audit of all spheres of government to reveal the sources of the stink.
For the party, corruption in the country has become so legendary that ‘we can no longer hold our noses’ and that, ‘Ghanaians do not need a soothsayer to tell us that our dear country is manager-less, leaderless and in a state of deep economic crisis.’
The NDP has therefore said the issue of corruption would be taken by the scruff of the neck and dealt with head-on, since according to its General Secretary, ‘rot and those who benefit from state corruption will not go away, unless we take deliberate steps to stop their parasitic feeding frenzy.’
By Charles Takyi-Boadu
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