Former president Jerry John Rawlings says he is a “little disturbed” that no aspirant from the Volta region was voted as part of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) frontline executives.
According to him, the newly-elected leadership of the party can best be described as a combination of the “good, bad and ugly”.
He said for a region that is deemed the ‘World Bank’ of the NDC, it is disturbing that no Votarian was voted among its decision makers.
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His comments come after the party’s First National Vice Chair, Anita De-Soso, also lamented the situation.
The NDC held its 9th Annual Delegates Congress last Saturday at the Fantasy Dome inside the Accra Trade Fair Center.
However, all the aspirants from the Volta region seeking to be elected into frontline positions lost out.
Mrs. De-Soso, who contested the position of National Organiser eventually lost out to Joshua Akamba.
Meanwhile, Koku Anyidoho was also handed a heavy defeat when he challenged incumbent General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, for the position.
Mr. Rawlings refused to comment on the individually elected executives, but said it is a mixed bag of good and bad.
He was, however, quick to add that he was not impressed with the overall organisation of the NDC’s delegates congress.
In an interview with the Ghanaian Times newspaper, the former president said the entire congress was “not too bad, not too good”.
He said he observed that money was used to “corrupt the sanctity of the right of choice” at the various elections in the party adding that; “the misuse of money has undermined the force of our conviction.”
“The use of money to corrupt the sanctity of the right of choice is one of the worst mistakes we could have ever made,” Mr. Rawlings added.
On his one-sentence message delivered during the NDC congress, Mr. Rawlings believes his point was clear.
“They were expecting me to blast them instead I put the burden of free will on them and their conscience.
“We are not listening to our inner voice, our conscience - that godly voice in our nature. If we were, we would not be making the terrible mistakes we have been making,” he clarified.
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