THOMAS APPIAH, Western Regional Campaign Coordinator of Friends of Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings (FONKAR) says New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo may win the 2012 general elections easily now that the Rawlingses have allegedly deserted President Mills after the Sunyani congress.
“In my own personal opinion, President Mills cannot win the 2012 elections without the support of the founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings and now that the founder is alleged to have deserted the president, it will make it easy for the opposition NPP to defeat the ruling party in 2012,” he noted.
He explained that Mr. Rawlings’ support for his wife’s decision to unseat President Mills during the NDC congress was a clear indication that the party founder was not pleased with the leadership style of the president and would therefore not waste his energy campaigning for President Mills again.
Appiah popular called “Tilapia” in an interview with DAILY GUIDE alleged that since President Mills had decided to ignore former President Rawlings in his administration, it would be impossible for the NDC to retain political power in 2012.
The FONKAR coordinator said last Saturday’s Sunyani congress of the ruling party which saw the election of Professor Mills as the party’s flagbearer was not free and fair.
Appiah who claimed he was in Sunyani to support Nana Konadu also alleged that some elements within the NDC used money to entice delegates at the Sunyani coronation park to vote for President Mills.
He stressed that members of the various campaign teams of the former first lady had some reservations about the entire Sunyani congress and would formally make their concerns public during a press conference scheduled for Accra today.
He however commended the party’s foot soldiers and the delegates who were in Sunyani to support and vote for the former first lady in spite of the alleged intimidation they were subjected to before and during the congress.
He said it was regrettable that though Nana Konadu had the support of the party’s foot soldiers, the delegates decided to vote otherwise, adding that the former first lady could not be faulted for responding to the call of those who wanted her to unseat President Mills.
On whether the NDC could unite now that the congress was over, the regional FONKAR campaign coordinator answered in the affirmative but added that he would not be surprised if a group within the party breaks away.
Source: Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
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