- Former president Rawlings has said he wishes the NDC wins the 2020 elections
- He said this is attainable if the party would embark on the necessary ‘clean-up’ within it
- He called on the top hierarchy of the party to come together to restore its lost moral values
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has revealed his desire for the NDC to win the 2020 elections.
According to the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), he wishes the party takes power from the ruling NPP.
However, Mr. Rawlings said the party needs to embark on a ‘clean-up’ exercise within it to be able to make his wish a reality.
This new stance of the former president is sure to send shocks to members and followers of the party as well as some Ghanaians because he and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, have fiercely opposed the party in recent years.
His new position is sighted in a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Myjoyoinline.com.
The former president was reportedly speaking on an earlier report in which he was alleged to have stated that it will be impossible for the NDC to win back power from the New Patriotic Party in the 2020 general elections.
He is said to have debunked that report on TV3, stressing that he would wish that the NDC wins the next general elections in 2020 but questioned the party's readiness to do so.
“Let me simply say, that I will very much want to see the NPP beaten but do we have what it takes? Do we have the capacity to be able to wrestle power from them?” JJ queried.
He explained that for the NDC to regain power there are a lot of issues it must address, indicating that the party as it stands, has lost the moral high ground on which it was founded.
“The most important factor I believe has to do with the issue of the cleanup that needs to be done; the restoration of our integrity. We don’t like to hear it but I keep repeating it. We have to go back, seek a moral high ground,” he advised.
He added: “The manner in which the electoral process has been happening since Sunyani has not been encouraging. It’s unfortunate, most unfortunate how come we lost the moral high grounds. I think they know what needs to be done.”
Mr Rawlings said the NDC ought to do self-clean-up but noted he does not see the party’s readiness to at least confront the issues, saying “I don’t think we are prepared to confront it or may be that’s what I’ve noticed about some of our people”.
Underscoring the importance of mobilizing the grassroots of the party in winning the 2020 elections, Mr Rawlings said it was important that they are involved in the clean-up exercise, and advised that they are empowered.
“…Let’s give the party back to them [grassroot], they are the ones who actually make it possible to win or lose elections, let’s respect their views,” he indicated.
"That are the issues we should be addressing, we should be looking at these questions a lot more seriously than we have done so far," Rawlings said.
The former president also said it was critical for the top hierarchy of the party to come together to help restore the lost values of the NDC, stressing that “You can’t use money to buy anything and everything.”
Do Ghanaians know about late Kofi Annan? | #Yencomgh
Have national and human interest issues to discuss?
Know someone who is extremely talented and needs recognition?
Your stories and photos are always welcome. Get interactive via our Facebook page