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31-May-2012  
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Dr Sekou Nkrumah, the last son of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has told The Finder that he is not a confused person or an amateur in politics as has been purported by some National Democratic Congress (NDC) members over his decision to join Ghana's right-wing party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Sekou Nkrumah, who fell out with the NDC over an interview he granted the African Watch Magazine where he complained about the gap between campaign promises and actual policy implementation by the NDC government and the crisis between the Rawlingses and President Mills, stressed: “If they say I am confused because I have moved to the NPP because I feel disappointed with President Mills’ administration then it means all Ghanaian are confused too because they also voted NDC in 1992 and again in 1996 then switched to the NPP in 2001 and 2004 then went back to the NDC in 2008.”

He said he is hardly infuriated by recent comments made by the Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, Mr E.T. Mensah, that his father would be turning in his grave because he (Sekou) had decided to pitch camp with the offshoot of the Danquah-Busia political movement which, back in the era, orchestrated moves to thwart the political efforts of his father. Sekou Nkrumah added that he should be left alone to follow the political path he believes would bring redemption to the masses in Ghana.

“We should not belittle the old man. He should be allowed to rest in peace. If you have an ideology of your own you should not follow blindly your old boy’s ideology. I think those who are accusing me should leave me alone to help me bring a more vibrant party to govern the country,” he said.

According to Sekou, Ghana’s political growth would be stalled if politicians influence people to think that once you belong to a political party you should stay with the party even when you clearly see that the political party is not concentrating on its mandate of helping the ordinary citizen.

“There is no contradiction between the NPP and the NDC; they all want to represent the interest of Ghana, but if you claim to be social democrats and your policies do not reflect it, what are you worth?” he asked.

Sekou Nkrumah says Ghanaians should rather, in the name of democracy and good governance, adopt his style of speaking and move freely among the political parties anytime they feel a government is falling short of the ideology it professes.

Sekou, who swung into full campaign with the NPP, recently said he has neither betrayed the Convention People’s Party (CPP) nor his father since his affiliation with the NPP dates back to the early 1990’s almost immediately after he came to Ghana in 1989.

He recounted that his first platform was the Movement for Freedom and Justice, a platform advocating for the return of multi-party system of democracy against the military dictatorship under former President Rawlings.

According to him, the NDC and NPP emerged leaving the CPP split, with some members moving to the left with the NDC and others to the right with the NPP.

He said he joined the People’s Convention Party (PCP) in 1990, but still promoted alliance with the NPP in 1996 with several CPP members to form the Great Alliance.

He said he fell out with the NPP in 2001 when he felt the NPP under former President John Kufuor was opposed to PCP and CPP ideologies.
 
 
 
Source: The Finder
 
 

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