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The office of ex-president Jerry John Rawlings says it will no longer stomach any vile propaganda and vitriolic attacks against the former First Family from people "who don’t think before they talk" in government and activists of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, and will thus respond in like manner to their effusions.

In what can best pass for a veiled riposte to Johnson Asiedu Nketia aka General Mosquito, General Secretary of the NDCs call on loyalists of the former President to defy him, Spokesperson to the Rawlingses, Kofi Adams, addressing a press conference in Accra on Thursday, stressed, "we cannot continue building this party while some people keep destroying it at the center."

The NDC Chief Scribe, at the weekend called on party faithfuls who believe in the principles of June 4 to positively defy any suggestion by the former first family to vote out the NDC in the upcoming elections, saying that recent utterances and actions of the Rawlingses indicate they want the party in opposition.

According to him, one of the principles of the June 4 Revolution was ‘positive defiance’ and it was prudent for all to uphold that principle and act accordingly.

But Mr Adams, who was once General Mosquito's deputy before he was suspended from the party, admonished National Executives of the NDC to call Mr Asiedu Nketia to order since the Office of the Former President, will no longer countenance his vituperative language against the Rawlingses.

“It is as if Aseidu Nketia is running riot in the party, he does whatever he likes, but we cannot sit down and allow that to happen any longer. He cannot just stand up and say whatever he likes about the founder and go; we won’t allow that. The office of the Rawlingses will not keep quiet over comments from people who don’t think before they talk,” he warned.

Asiedu Nketia (L) and Kofi Adams (R)
According to Kofi Adams, “if you have a general secretary of party who decides to respond to the founder of his party because of what he read in the newspapers, then the party is in serious trouble”.

He maintained that ex-president Rawlings has never accused the government falsely, except to say what is true and known to virtually every Ghanaian. He stressed that he (Rawlings) has always being consistent in his thought that the Mills' administration has veered off the core values and principles of the party.

“Rawlings never said anything untrue about the NDC or government...Anytime some papers do cartoons, you see our general secretary with blocks and anytime people are summing up things that have gone wrong with this government, it mentions Aseidu Nketia who is engaged in a business (enterprise) at Bui even though he is board member,” he added.

To him, the actions and inactions of the party's Chief Scribe have done more harm than good to the NDC.

"If you have a general secretary of a party who says that he has no time to solve problems and disputes within the party, how is he going to lead the party to win an election?” he rhetorically asked.

As to whether or not the former president will campaign for the Mills-led NDC government this electoral year, Mr. Adams reiterated that it will largely "depend on if the party does things right".

He charged all party members who remain loyal to the values and principles underlying the formation of the NDC to remain resolute and speak their mind to discourage leaders from lying.
Source: Beatrice Adepa Frempong/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

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