- Former president Jerry John Rawlings has called for a revolution in the NDC
- According to him, it is the only way the party can reclaim political power in Ghana
- He said this in the Volta region, in the course of the celebrations of the 36th anniversary of the 31st December revolution
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Former president Jerry John Rawlings has stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) can only win back power if there is a revolution within the party.
The revolution, he claimed, would provide the quality leadership need to secure political power for the party.
He further stated that until people who share in the ideals of the party are elected into responsible positions, power would continue to elude them.
Rawlings passed these comments when marking the 36th anniversary of the 31st December revolution on Sunday 31st December 2017 at Ho, the capital of the Volta region.
“The NDC needs men and women at its various executive positions who have the strength of character to boldly lead the party and ensure that they have the ability to rein in members of their own government when in power.
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Our party structure was weak, abused and ignored in the immediate past and when change comes that change must be one that carries with it the power and will of the people.
If we do not allow that revolutionary change but allow materialism and money politics to dictate our choices, then we will stay in the political abyss for a considerable period”, he stated.
He went on to say that some people, who joined the party at a later stage have sought to constantly denigrate him, simply because he decided to speak about the wrongs in the party, especially when it was in power.
He however added that such people were probably not informed of the good effects of his wise counsel and for that matter, they constantly treated it with contempt.
To him, it is wrong to claim he is the founder of the party, and ignore its internal issues, whilst focused on others.
Jerry Rawlings further stated that he has on a number of occasions pointed out some issues facing the current administration.
He made mention of vigilantism, which resulted in issues such as attacks on a High Court in Kumasi, as well as a member of Parliament.
“One cannot also overlook reports of official indiscretion in the cash for dinner seats affair.
I expect the executive to similarly respond appropriately to the reported inflated budgetary allocations by a particular ministry, which has elicited some negative responses from the general public.
Left unattended to these acts can lead to the escalation of corruption in our country”, he concluded.
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