Former President Jerry John Rawlings who is also the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged the party to revisit the values of conscience, truth and the power of conviction as it moves to recapture political power in 2020.
In an address read on his behalf by a leading party member, Samuel Nuamah Donkor, at an event organized by the Association of former NDC Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in Accra, he indicated that it is important the NDC consider what led to the lost of the 2016 general elections in order to put in place corrective measures to enable the party return to power in 2020.
“The strength of the NDC rests in attaining political power through the power of the people and not the power of the rich,” he stated.
The statement said in the run-up to the 2016 general elections, the NDC was not in touch with the grassroots and did not inspire confidence in the electorate. He called on the party to re-embrace its core values of truth, integrity, probity and accountability.
The conference was under the theme; ‘Re-Organising the NDC for Victory 2020’. The former President said the history, strength and survival of the NDC have always revolve on the power of conviction.
Mr. Rawlings said, “The voice and force of conscience and conviction is the only true weapon that the party needs to re-organise itself towards 2020 and beyond. Having a voice of conscience and conviction comes with true sacrifice; it is not an easy road.
“Those who hold strong beliefs and stand by them tend to suffer abuse, ridicule, insult and sometimes physical abuse but they remain resolute because truth cannot be adulterated. Truth is life and the truth eventually overcomes,” the NDC Founder posited.
Mr. Rawlings also encouraged the party to be strong and not to be swayed by the “crass monetization of Ghanaian politics which used to be alien to our party (NDC) and which unfortunately has contributed rather notoriously to the surfeit of negativity and divisiveness plaguing our party.”
The event was addressed by leading members of the party including former President John Mahama, special guest of honour; Minority Leader Alhaji Haruna Iddrissu; and Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.
The Minority Leader in parliament, Haruna Iddrissu, also urged the party to reconsider its ideology because Ghanaians are expecting the NDC to correct certain unacceptable policies to make the party more loved.
He noted the ruling NPP, whose ideology is conservative liberal, always tried to impress Ghanaians with socialist ideals in a rush and end up creating huge mess for the NDC to only come and clean.
Iddrisu charged the NDC to sit up and dig deep into its socialist ideals, to really satisfy the demands of the people since NDC is a political party of the masses.
Source: Elikplim K. Awuyeh