“Govt Is A Baby Of The Party”, Kofi Adams Tells Gov't

Spokesperson for the Rawlingses and Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams has called on the Mills administration to bear in mind that the government is still a product of the NDC party. Speaking on Multi TV and Joy FM’s news analysis program, Newsfile, Mr. Adams said it was important for the government to remember that it is still “a baby of the party.” “Government must listen” he advised, “government must also do a lot more listening in than possibly listening out… Whatever it is, the government is a baby of the party. The party gave birth to the government, so government should have a way of listening in and doing certain things that would energize the party persons to get out there to work on the so called what... floating voters”. He noted that with the congress over, there was the need for the NDC to reorganize and to prepare for the 2012 elections. “If the party is not energized, it would not be in a position to work on the floating ones” he warned adding that it will be difficult for the NDC to win an election without the support of former President Rawlings. Mr. Adams’ admonishing comes on the back of a series of concerns raised by Mr. Adams and other members of Mrs. Rawlings’ campaign team after the July 9 extraordinary congress in Sunyani where delegates overwhelmingly endorsed President Mills as the party’s candidate to contest the 2012 general elections. Commenting on Mrs. Rawlings’ loss, Mr. Adams noted that his candidate had gone into the elections with the aim of winning but was quick to add that he was not surprised at the outcome of the congress. He however attributed the loss to the behavioural pattern of the delegates. “You go into elections to win, you interact with delegates and party executives…, you interact with delegates and they give you all the assurance, they even tell you things you didn’t even know at the time you made the attempt to want to run for that position, they carry you through, they let you understand that they believe and accept your message without being confident enough to tell you that 'I will not be able to overcome certain pressures if demands are made on us'” he explained. According to him, last minute developments like the sitting arrangements of delegates at the congress and false alarms such as “the news of some tactics like president Rawlings asking the former first lady to step down at the last minute of the elections and later seeing her on stage” irritated most of the delegates who then decided not to vote for the former first lady. He thus appealed to President Mills to investigate the concerns raised by the Konadu campaign team over the organization of the congress. Mr. Adams would not confirm or deny rumours that the Rawlingses intend to break away from the NDC to form another party or that Mrs. Rawlings intends to contest the presidency as an independent candidate. “I have not had any discussions with them [on whether] they want to break away or they want to form a new party, or [if] she wants to contest as an independent candidate, that hasn’t come up. But then from what I know, the Nana Konadu for 2012 campaign team together with her organized a press briefing and stated that she would continue to work for and represent the interest of the grass root” he said.