CPP, PNC & URP Are Crippled Horses… NDC Members Were Virtually Penniless Before They Won Power

Outspoken former Acting National Coordinator of the National Youth Council (NYC), Dr. Sekou Nkrumah, has made mockery of any talk of a party that will challenge the dominance of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) by becoming the third political force saying the political parties already in the system are “crippled horses”. He wonders why some political parties like the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), the Peoples National Convention (PNC) and the United Renaissance Party (URP) perform abysmally during elections by failing to garner significant votes, yet are sponsored by some individuals to partake in an election hoping against hope that they can make an impact. “Such parties are like placing your monies on crippled horses and having a hope that you would win a race…CPP and PNC, they have been crippled for a long time…I know a case of the General Secretary of the PNC (Mr. Bernard Mornah)…he is funded by one of the money bags of the NDC, Mr. David Lamptey,” he alleged. He scoffed at people who were the brains behind such support, pointing out to them that it “doesn’t make sense to bet on crippled horses.” Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM, Sekou Nkrumah alleged that majority of NDC members who are now holding positions in government, were virtually penniless before the party won power in 2008, unlike members of the Danquah-Busia tradition who he claimed were successful businessmen. “Most of the NDC folks came to power with nothing and made away with a lot through corruption…We all know that the NDC was borne out of the PNDC…and in fact, had to depend on the state to sponsor that political party…I strongly suspect that there were a lot of state monies that were used to form and sponsor the NDC…we all know that they (NPP) have survived in opposition for long and clearly showed that they were funded by their own business oriented leaders…Most of the big men and women in the NDC, during the PNDC era, had nothing,” he said. He, however, stressed that he would be far from right if he claims the NPP never benefitted from being in government by purchasing state assets.