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With barely eight months to the December 8 general elections, former President Jerry John Rawlings, founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has put on record that he will be leading a crusade across the towns and villages of Ghana to fight against corruption within his party.

Kofi Adams, spokesperson of the former President, explained that Jerry Rawlings would use the platform of a political movement to wage an anti-corruption crusade against President Atta Mills’ government.

He disclosed that the groundwork for the formation of that movement was already in place.

The former President would be pointing out to the electorate the flaws and corrupt practices of the NDC government as the party campaign team would also be moving round seeking a renewed mandate from the electorate.

Mr. Adams was however quick to explain that the political movement had nothing to do with speculations that the Rawlingses were forming a new political party to be called the National Democratic Party (NDP).

“Look, if they want to create a party and then turn round and say he is the one creating a party so he should go for it, it won’t happen. Look, the activity is there already and he has been doing it right from day one. That is what many of you say ‘oh he has started criticising’. It is not about criticising. It is like giving a sermon. You don’t wait till your church members start going wayward before you start talking about things that you must not do to go wayward. You start talking about it from day one,” Mr. Adams told Citi FM last Friday.

He explained further that “it is the same NDC structures that would be used to re-awaken and to restore the values of the party…if you want your message to be heard and you are evangelising, what do you do? Even the religious activities what do they do? They go to camps, points, market places and they talk.”

He stated categorically that Jerry Rawlings would be the “lead evangelist” in the anti-government crusade.

That revelation from Mr. Adams came days after he had confirmed to DAILY GUIDE that Mr. Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu, had been under severe pressure from concerned members of the NDC who were calling for the formation of a new party before the 2012 elections.

“These calls have been coming from our strongholds and all over. I mean the Volta Region, the Northern Region, Brong Ahafo and parts of the Ashanti Region…They say as the NDC stands now, there is nothing happening so President Rawlings should find a vehicle that would turn things round and restore hope to the people,” Mr. Adams noted.

Indeed, Mr. Rawlings has not hidden his lack of confidence in the capability of the NDC government under the leadership of President Mills to get a second term during the December polls this year.

The NDC founder had stated publicly that the NDC lost the 2012 elections a few months after it assumed office in January 2009.

He had cautioned that even if President Mills wins the party’s flagbearer primaries in Sunyani, there was no way he would win the general elections in December 2012 because he was presiding over a government whose members were corrupt and “greedy bastards.”

True to his words, Mr. Rawlings with his wife, symbolically turned down an invitation to the NDC’s first and major rally to outdoor the party’s parliamentary candidates for the Greater Accra Region.

Just last week, the NDC founder accused President Mills of leading the country into a ditch.

“The government is fast speeding the country into an abyss and as Easter draws near, let us seek God’s guidance in honest, unpretentious prayer of supplication,” he said.

“When you find yourself in an unintended pit or hole, the wise thing to do is to stop digging. It does not appear the Mills government is able to see the growing darkness around them,” he added.
Source: Halifax Ansah-Addo/Daily Guide

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