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02-Apr-2012  
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THE ASHANTI regional chairman of the Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (FONKAR) has stated that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) lied for power.

Rashid Abu Alhassan said all the things the NDC propagated against the erstwhile Kufuor regime in the run-up to the 2008 elections were all lies.

“All the things our leaders said about former President Kufuor’s government were lies that were thrown with the view to causing public disaffection for the then government in order to make us win the elections,” Abu Alhassan emphasized.

Speaking at a people’s forum organized by Ash FM, a Kumasi-based radio station on Friday at Bekwai, the FONKAR regional chairman said it was no wonder the President Mills-led government was underperforming.

According to him, the series of press conferences held by Fiifi Kwetey, the then propaganda secretary of the party and now a deputy Minister of Finance, termed “setting the records straight, were all lies”.

Abu Alhassan indicated that it had now been proven that the allegation by the then opposition NDC that ex-President Kufuor’s government had sold all the gold reserves at the Bank of Ghana was untrue.

“If indeed the gold reserves at the Bank of Ghana were sold by the former President Kufuor’s administration as claimed by Fiifi Kwetey, how come the President Mills-led government, which Mr Fiifi Kwetey is a member, is able to secure loans?” the FONKAR regional chairman questioned.

He said the description of ex-President Kufuor’s government as a cocaine-induced one and the series of corruption allegations made against some leading members of the government were all a figment of the NDC’s imagination.

Abu Alhassan indicated that Victor Smith’s admittance that his allegation against ex-President Kufuor of taking a $5billion bribe, in the heat of the 2008 electioneering campaign, was a lie and had no basis, when he appeared before the parliamentary vetting committee recently, was enough proof of his assertion.

The regional FONKAR chairman noted that if indeed the officials of the ex-President Kufuor’s regime were corrupt as propagated by the then opposition party, the said officials would have been prosecuted and sent to jail.

Abu Alhassan contended that ex-President Rawlings was even better off during the presidency of former President Kufuor as the former president was being ill-treated by the Mills administration.

He said the Mills administration was doing everything possible to reduce the influence of the former first family on the party they founded with their blood and resources.

One of such means the government was employing, he noted, was the suspension of Kofi Adams, the deputy general secretary of the party and the spokesperson of the former President.

Abu Alhassan pointed out that the allegation leveled against Mr Adams was baseless and did not warrant such a stern action from the party, insisting that the government was deliberately eliminating the former first family from the party.

He said ex-president Rawlings and former president Kufuor were now on good terms because the former had realized that the things he said about the latter were not true and that the latter was a good man.

The regional chairman reiterated that FONKAR was still in existence and that reports about the extinction of FONKAR was untrue, adding that it was a calculated attempt by the Mills administration to further alienate the legacy of the Rawlingses.

He noted, “We are still vibrant and committed to defending and protecting the ideals and principles the former first family espouses and that we would be ready to champion any political interest of the former first family”.
 
 
Source: Morgan Owusu/Daily Guide
 
 

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