What Would Have Happened If Konadu Had Won – Faustina Nelson

A former National Vice Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nelson, has urged the leadership of the party to as a matter of urgency to call for a truce within the party now that the race is over to enable it prepare fully to win the 2012 general elections with ease. She said the overwhelming victory by President John Evans Atta Mills at the Sunyani congress has demonstrated how Ghanaians have reposed their trust in the President, adding that everything must be made possible to sustain the spirit that the congress generated. The veteran politician believed strongly that the peaceful congress in addition to entrenching democratic credentials, has proved all doubting thomases wrong. “The NDC has a brighter future. With the support of all the stakeholders and the Council of Elders, President Mills’ led administration would go far and I want to appeal to all and sundry to put their differences behind them in the supreme interest of the party,” she disclosed in an interview with The Publisher newspaper in Sunyani shortly after the EC had declared President Mills winner in the race which created so much acrimony. Mad. Faustina Nelson further stressed that, “After every elections, there would be a victor and a vanquish and the story must end there. Congratulating President Mills for the victory, which she underscored would reflect more in the 2012 elections, Madam Faustina Nelson pointed out that despite all the fabricated and negative allegations, unwarranted attacks, insinuations and intangible incitement against the President and his perceived aids during the campaign, he was able to obtain the highest number of votes, signifying that, his (Mils’) leadership style has been approved by the rank and file of the party and the delegates, not to talk about the public sympathy and respect his leadership style has won for him. She contended that what took place in Sunyani has clearly demonstrated the growing desire for the entrenchment and acceptance of democracy by the NDC and Ghanaians for that matter and expressed the hope that party members would move on in unity for the bigger battle ahead of the NDC. In her opinion, the election was free, fair and transparent. Madam Faustina said she broke her silence purposely to join other colleagues to campaign for Prof Mills because she felt the President has suffered for far too long adding that the persecution and unnecessary attacks were becoming unbecoming. She maintained that it would have been disastrous for the nation if the delegates had rejected the sitting President Mills, saying, “Do you know what would have happened? The President would have been a lame duck because all attention would naturally shift to the new candidate when the main campaign begins’. This according to her would naturally demoralize any sitting President who has 18-months to end his first term in office. In fact it would have thrown the administration of the nation into a limbo. I believe that with this landslide and decisive victory Prof Mills will have his Peace once and for all henceforth to enable him govern and prosecute the better Ghana agenda. Faustina Nelson said the outcome of the congress shows that the NDC has grown bigger than any individual but was quick to acknowledge that every individual irrespective of the status is relevant, stressing that, “politics is game of numbers and that little drops of water make a mighty ocean’. She praised the delegates for exhibiting high political maturity and in-depth analysis of the issues and as a result voted overwhelmingly for President Mills to lead the NDC for next year’s general election. Concluding the NDC member lamented over some negative and unprintable words used against the president under the guise of politics and warned against such tendencies.