Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Jerry John Rawlings has said the deviation from values of June 4 uprising he staged accounted for the loss of party in the December 7, 2016 elections.
“If the horses and Jockeys cannot quit the blame game over the NDC’s defeat and uphold integrity, they must step aside so we can have a fresh and new leadership in place for the task ahead”, he said.
Commenting on reasons surrounding the disgraceful defeat of the party which has been lingering in the media by various factions over who is responsible for what, the former president said it could not be any of those as they claimed.
He also disagreed with Former President John Dramani Mahama admission that he was the cause of the party’s abysmal performance at the polls reiterating that the party failed to make a mark because it deviated from its cardinal principles of probity and accountability as enshrined in the June 4 celebration.
It would be recalled that the former President John Dramani Mahama after the deafeat said the NDC he led into the 2016 elections was ‘a lame horse’.
“If you ride a lame horse into a race and you lose the race, your priority must be to cure the lameness of the horse” he said last April.
But Mr Rawlings who was addressing June 4 elebrations in Wa said disgraceful failure” of 2016 was because the leadership of the party abandoned the values of June 4.
“Some executives used money as a political weapon to become kingmakers.If I was doing this, would any of them be where they are today”, he asked.
He called on members of the party to be vigilant and work towards restoring the dignity of the party in accordance with the principles of June 4 which is the foundation of the NDC.