Politics of Monday, 9 March 2015
Source: The Informer
It is now becoming clear that Ghana’s former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, after a careful appraisal of the nation’s political terrain, is pang of guilt over some decisions she has taken in the past, particularly that of desiring to become President of Ghana “at all cost” (apologies to Nana Akufo-Addo).
Present at the Sunyani meeting last week, some regional executives of the National Democratic Party (NDP) who spoke to The Informer said; their Founder and leader, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has regretted leaving the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to form her own party.
She is, however, reported to have rebutted media accounts that she was considering an offer to partner the NDC flagbearer for the 2016 general elections.
To prove that she has no such intentions, the former First Lady is quoted to have said to her followers “I have not accepted to be NDC running-mate for 2016. It is not going to happen today, neither will it happen tomorrow”.
According to her, nothing has changed since she took the decision to opt out of the NDC party; and that she is more than committed to the cause of the NDP. But these regional executives who spoke to this Paper, feel otherwise.
In a telephone interview with The Informer, one of the regional executives (name withheld) who obviously is not on the same page with their party Founder, said her assertion in last week’s meeting best fits the saying “town gentility, home cry”.
Asked why, he said, “I was present at the meeting when she made the declaration and from the tone and body language, you will realize that she has regretted leaving the NDC after the party’s 2012 victory.
In fact, madam thought she could use the NDP to destroy the NDC’s chances in 2012, but the victory of the party in 2012 has exposed her political irrelevance; and I can say unequivocally that, she has regretted her actions”.
Another, who spoke to this Paper, said the pronouncements by the former First Lady have exposed her of somebody who lacks self-confidence and trust in the party she founded.
According to him, for her to even think that the NDC is considering making her running-mate in 2016 is potentially childish; in that, having left the party and form a new one technically means she has sacked herself from the NDC.
“You left the NDC and without you, they won election to be in power; so why should they come for you,” this angry regional chairman queried.
“My brother, our madam has regretted leaving the NDC to form NDP, particularly when she cannot even manage the party she has founded, period”, he concludes.
Even before the above revelations by these NDP regional executives, The Informer knows it for a fact that, President John Dramani Mahama has no intention to dump the Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, for the 2016 elections; and therefore, do not understand why she (Nana Konadu) should dream or believe such wild rumours when she is not a member of the NDC.