Weeks after freeing her mind on the behavior of the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)- Mr Jerry John Rawlings, the former deputy Chief of Staff, Madam Valerie Sawyer is still being ‘traumatized’ by some goons of the party who are demanding that she renders an unqualified apology to him especially for tagging him as ‘Corrupt’.
A group of Cadres and Activists of the NDC have joined the fray with a responds to Dr. Valerie Sawyerr for her public outburst against their party founder, Jerry John Rawlings.
They are of the view that former President Rawlings cannot condemn corruption in the current President Akufo-Addo led NPP government when the perception of corruption about his own party lingers on as such the call by Dr Sawyer has no merit or whatsoever.
In a statement jointly signed by the group’s Chairman Comrade Kofi Aikins and secretary Comrade Yidana Adam, ‘NDC Cadres and Activists’ the group expressed disappointment at the words of Dr Sawyerr against Mr Rawlings.
“As Cadres and Activists of the NDC, we are saddened by the outburst of Dr. Valerie Sawyerr, Deputy Chief of Staff in the erstwhile Mahama Administration, on H E Jerry John Rawlings, Founder of the NDC. Since the formation of this party in 1992, no member (of high or low ranking) has ever publicly insulted any of our elders let alone the Founder on whose back we have all risen to prominence,” the stated.
Adding that “From the days of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) to date, any individual who has dealt with Jerry John Rawlings knows how passionately he pontificates on societal issues he believes in, or abhors. The ‘say it as it is’ approach epitomizes his character which no one can take from him. The place and time he expresses these passions may leave many like Dr Valerie Sawyerr cringing. But that is his style and one has to understand it in order to get the best out of him.
“We do not hold the founder as a perfect being, as he, like anyone else, has his liabilities. Once we in the NDC eagerly enjoy his assets, we should as well be prepared to accommodate what we may deem as his liabilities – venting on pertinent issues we gloss over when we least expect him to do so. The Bible reminds us to remove the speck in our eyes before we remove the log in our friend’s eye, and charity, they say, begins at home. So, J.J. Rawlings needs to set the standard in his own home in order to have a measure for assessing outsiders. The perception of corruption has haunted the NDC in the recent past and is yet to be taken off the party’s head. It has affected all NDC members, including many decent and innocent persons, and the majority of party members continue to contend with this disgraceful perception for no fault of theirs. If all well-meaning Ghanaians have been talking about this canker and genuinely addressing it, we would not have been in this quagmire. The choice of venue by President Rawlings to talk about this societal ill is no brainer. Thus, Dr. Valerie Sawyerr cannot expect President Rawlings to condemn corruption in the current President Akufo Addo’s NPP government when the perception of corruption about his own party lingers on.
“Former Prime Minister Dr. K. A. Busia advised Ministers of his Progress Party government and other public servants not to receive gifts at post, as the gifts would corrupt them. Dr. Valerie Sawyerr would have done the NDC a lot of good if she had advised her former boss not to have accepted the Ford Expedition SUV from a Bukinabe as gift whiles in office.
“Article 6, of the Constitution of the National Democratic Congress, under; Establishment of the Party states unambiguously that, “The Founding Father of the party is Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings upon whose vision and leadership the party was established.” The decision to confer the position of Founder of the NDC on President Rawlings was taken at a National Congress of the party. Any NDC member who feels strongly against this decision should know the procedure to amend the party’s constitution to that effect. So, such members should kindly save us the ugly noises they have been making in the media and elsewhere. In spite of the hard work of his disciples, no one has disputed the fact that Jesus is the Founder of Christianity, and in the same vein many Ghanaians know and refer to Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as the Founder of the Republic of Ghana, irrespective of all contestations. There is no doubt on our minds and on the minds of a cross-section of Ghanaians, including NDC and non-NDC members, that H. E. Jerry John Rawlings is the Founder of the Great National Democratic Congress and he should be accorded his right of place within the party.
“We wish to remind all that the National Democratic Congress was formed with a historic mission to provide a voice for the voiceless, the marginalized, and the excluded in society, including farmers, fishermen, market women, public and industrial workers, trades, artisans, progressive intellectuals, and all manner of persons at the lower stratum of the Ghanaian society. Ever since Jerry John Rawlings burst onto the Ghanaian political scene, he has continually provided inspiration and leadership to this crop of Ghanaians. He has always stood for the truth, integrity, honesty, accountability, probity and social justice. He abhors any deed that lowers the dignity of the ordinary Ghanaian. He is indiscriminate and leads his people with clear conscience, always defending his actions with passion. He hates no one,” the group further stated.
They are of the view that for the NDC to regain its relevance and be better prepared for the next Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana, it is extremely important for all progressive forces across the country to unite, and in doing so the key role of Mr Rawlings cannot be over emphasized.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.com.gh